Etisalat discusses cooperation with UAE Ministry of Health & GSMA

Etisalat discusses cooperation with UAE Ministry of Health & GSMAThe UAE Minister of Health, Abdul Rahman Mohammed Al Owais, met yesterday with Ahmad Abdulkarim Julfar, the Chief Executive Officer of Etisalat Group, and Anne Bouverot, Director General and Member of the Board of the GSMA, to celebrate partnership during GITEX Technology Week.

During the meeting, the three discussed future cooperation in utilising mobile technology to address major health challenges such as diabetes.

Mr. Julfar said Etisalat puts great importance on supporting health initiatives locally and internationally. Their efforts include sending a team of employees from across the group’s 15 operating countries to take part in the recent GSMA mHealth Grand Tour cycling tour across five European countries to trial mobile technology that can be used to manage diabetes.

The mHealth Grand Tour, which spanned 2,100km and 22,000m of climbs, was designed to raise awareness about diabetes and its challenges, demonstrate the potential of mHealth as part of the solution and raise funds for diabetes research and charities.

“Globally, diabetes is one of the biggest health crises that we are confronting today, with more than 371 million men and women worldwide suffering from the disease. Mobile technology can play an important role in changing this – it can support diabetes treatment and prevention by increasing the reach and accessibility of healthcare services, cutting the cost of care and reducing the impact of the illness on people’s lives,” said Anne Bouverot, Director General, GSMA.

I am pleased to have had such a positive and constructive meeting with HE the Minister of Health this week, and we look forward to future collaboration with the Ministry of Health and important partners such as Etisalat as we work together to apply mobile technology to address our most pressing public health issues,” said Anne.

Etisalat last year won several global awards for its innovative health services in the past, including Mobile Baby, a mobile application designed to help women in developing countries throughout pregnancy, which won in the “Best Mobile Health Innovation” category of the 2012 Global Mobile Awards.

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