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Ooredoo, Messi Foundation team up for health cause

Veronica C. Silva | June 4, 2013
One of the beneficiaries is Indosat’s health clinic initiative in Indonesia.

Technology meets sports. Together, this combination can help bring appropriate medical care to millions of kids worldwide.

Ooredoo, formerly known as Qtel Group and a leading international communications company in Qatar, recently announced a partnership with Leo Messi Foundation to support mobile health clinic initiatives that seek to reach out to two million children by 2016.

With the help of the Messi Foundation, Ooredoo said it plans to roll out mobile health clinics to provide medical aid to children across its global network, particularly in the Middle East, North Africa, and Southeast Asia.

With the help of mobile technology, Ooredoo is testing a 24x7 mobile health advice service while Indosat in Indonesia is working on a similar service via text, voice and other rich content.

Indosat supports 16 mobile health clinics which are helping people who live in rural areas and have limited access to hospitals and doctors. Since the launch in 2008, the Indosat clinics have provided free healthcare services to more than 600,000 people.

Medical mission  

The Leo Messi Foundation, founded by Argentine football star Leonel "Leo" Messi, has been working to fight Chagas disease, rehabilitate hospitals, and offer scholarships for training doctors. The foundation said that with the partnership with Ooredoo, it can expand its reach to the other regions in the telecom company's network.

Lionel Messi said: "Ooredoo and I believe in making a difference in the community, and I'm proud that the Leo Messi Foundation will help Ooredoo provide much-needed healthcare and educational support for at-risk children around the world. This unique partnership with Ooredoo is another way that we can help youth make their dreams come true.

At the launch of the Ooredoo partnership with the Leo Messi Foundation in Qatar, five children from Indonesia were flown in to meet their favourite sports star.

Alexander Rusli, president director and CEO, Indosat, said the partnership with the Leo Messi Foundation can expand Indosat's mission to help more people in underserved communities in Indonesia, especially the children, women and people at risk.

The foundation will also help in distributing medicines in the region. 

 

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