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Ericsson and Sony Mobile work together to provide relief in disaster areas. Sony Mobile commits to supporting the rapid restoration of communications in disaster situations.
As part of the Haiti relief operation following the earthquake in January 2010, Sony Mobile arranged for over 1,400 mobile phones to be sent to the affected region. These were distributed to aid workers and staff from UNICEF , WFP and UNDP
In the event of a large scale disaster, communication is vital to the coordination of rescue teams and humanitarian relief efforts. Ericsson Response™ provides temporary base stations and deploys volunteers at the earliest opportunity. Sony Mobile supports Ericsson in promptly providing mobile phones to partners such as the UN and the Red Cross in their humanitarian efforts around the world. This close cooperation with the experienced Ericsson Response™ team ensures that we are well prepared and in a position to provide maximum support to the global community in times of crisis.
Top photo to the right: Ericsson Response™ team working for UNICEF in setting up communications system. Bottom photo to the right: W760 shipped by Sony Ericsson for UN aid workers.
For the Haiti disaster in January 2010, we donated a total of 1,846 handsets for use by field workers, in several of the major NGO relief efforts including those of UN OCHA and the WFP (World Food Program).
In March, Sony Mobile (formerly Sony Ericsson) supported the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) through Ericsson Response™ with our C702 mobile phones.
In September, Sony Mobile (formerly Sony Ericsson) supported an initiative by the GSMA (the global trade association for mobile operators) and UNHCR The pilot programme aims to connect refugee camps in Northern Uganda to mobile networks and assist family reunification, education, healthcare and economic activity.
- Sony Mobile (formerly Sony Ericsson) supported the earthquake-affected areas of the Jiangxi province in China.
- Sony Mobile (formerly Sony Ericsson), together with Ericsson Response™, set up communications networks for the relief efforts after hurricane Katrina in USA.
Sony Mobile (formerly Sony Ericsson), together with Ericsson Response™, supported the relief efforts after the tsunami in South East Asia
Sony Ericsson provided 300 mobile phones for doctors and nurses during the SARS outbreak in China.