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Nokia, Save the Children collaborate in India to protect children during disasters

Telecom, mapping technologies to help children in India by building resilience in disaster prone areas

New Delhi, India -  On the occasion of the Universal Children's Day Nokia today announced to join hands with Save the Children for an important social cause - protecting children in India during disasters. Both parties will build the resilience of children and their communities in India through Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and social protection by providing better communications connectivity with its telecom technologies and navigation with mapping technologies. The program will be implemented starting with states including Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Delhi, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu.

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How technology can help to protect children

DRR and communications technologies linked to mapping help provide

  • access to right information at the right time
  • geospatial database to create risk maps
  • safety maps and plans
  • alternate routes and safe zones
  • mobile-based information sharing networks for real time monitoring
  • better collaboration and coordination
  • mobile-based triggering mechanisms
  • mobile-based training and education

Sandeep Girotra, vice president and head of India Region, Nokia Networks, said: "We feel strongly that it's our social responsibility to contribute and protect the children in India pre-, during and post- disasters as they are the nation's future. We are committed toward this, and our advanced telecom and mapping technologies, coupled with the Save the Children's global expertise in DRR and social protection, can build a greater resilience to protect children. We believe this model that aids social protection and resilience can be taken well beyond India."

Thomas Chandy, CEO of Save the Children, said: "We are grateful to Nokia for its generous help to make a huge difference to children of India through innovations in DRR and social protection, especially since the company is an expert in communications and mapping technologies. The company's telecom technologies can spearhead communications connectivity in real time to reduce the risk from disasters, thereby ensuring that children and their communities are safe. We believe this would be a highly innovative partnership with path-breaking use of telecom technologies."

Did you know?

According to Save the Children, due to disasters such as Jammu and Kashmir flood this year, and the Uttarakhand flashflood in 2013, children have severely suffered, as their education, nutrition, safety as well as overall care and protection have been adversely affected. In recent decades, disasters have become multi-fold and weather patterns unprecedented. Due to the threat of environmental risks, the poor are exposed to a range of everyday shocks and stress that lead to reduced coping capacity of households and, eventually, further impoverishment. This situation heightens children's vulnerabilities.

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TAGS: Corporate Social Responsibility, CSR, disaster, mapping technology, ICT, Nokia, Save the Children

About Nokia

Nokia invests in technologies important in a world where billions of devices are connected. We are focused on three businesses: network infrastructure software, hardware and services, which we offer through Nokia Networks; location intelligence, which we provide through HERE; and advanced technology development and licensing, which we pursue through Nokia Technologies. Each of these businesses is a leader in its respective field. http://company.nokia.com

About Save the Children

In India, Save the Children works across 17 states with a focus on child-centered resilience programming, education, child protection, social protection, health and nutrition and humanitarian response. Besides responding to humanitarian crises by providing immediate and lasting relief, Save the Children works to mitigate the negative impacts of disasters and risks through DRR and social protection Globally, Save the Children, works for children in 120 countries. https://www.savethechildren.in/

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Twitter: @stc_india

Media Enquiries

Nokia Networks
Subhagata Mukherjee
Media Relations
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Nokia
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Save the Children
Devendra Tak- National Manager (Media & Communication)
Phone: +91 9811168488
E-mail: d.tak@savethechildren.in

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