Ncell has won prestigious WITSA and ASOCIO Awards for its active role in health projects. Further, the telecom company has received awards for its telemedicine and health informatics projects serving remote and underserved areas.
Ncell has won WITSA Global ICT Excellence Awards 2021 and ASOCIO Awards 2021 for its health-related projects. The private telco had actively mobilized its health projects in collaboration with Dhulikhel Hospital.
Devendra Paudel, Honourable Minister for Education, Science and Technology handed over the awards to Ncell on Friday, November 19. The event also coincided with the ‘B2B ICT Business Summit 2021’ the CAN Federation had organized. CAN Federation represents Nepal in World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) and the Asian-Oceanian Computing Industry Organization (ASOCIO).
The winners of WITSA Global ICT Excellence Awards 2021 were revealed on November 13 at the awards event in Bangladesh. Ncell claimed the WITSA Global ICT Excellence Awards – Merit Winner under the Innovative e-Health Solutions Award (Private Sector/NGO) category.
Similarly, the news of Ncell’s winning ASOCIO’s HealthTech Award 2021 award came out on November 12. This was on the second day of the World Congress on Information and Technology-2021 ((WCIT-2021)) in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Ncell was among the other 35 winners of the ASOCIO Awards 2021. The agencies and companies represented 24 countries from the Asia Pacific.
Ncell Wins WITSA for “serving remote and underserved communities”
“We had the honor of reviewing well over 100, well qualified, unique, and remarkable award submissions,” said Jim Poisant, Secretary-General of WITSA a consortium of associations from the information and communications technology industry around the world, in a video message in the event. “Under the category of innovative e-health solutions, Ncell Axiata Limited is the winner. They are awarded for serving remote and underserved communities through quality health care services using cellular and digital technologies.”
Ncell’s Health projects are part of its CSR. The telco has collaborated with Dhulikhel Hospital to serve the remote communities in Nepal at their doorsteps. The company has offered quality health care services exploiting technology and data-driven methods.
Ncell carried out its health projects in four remote health centers of the hospital. So, this enabled locals to seek consultation from experts from their nearest health centers.
“We are truly honored that our innovative initiative has received the prestigious recognition from WITSA and ASOCIO for our social initiatives at the community level where we operate,” said Andy Chong CEO of Ncell. “This initiative contributes towards saving lives, travel time to city hospitals and lowers the cost significantly for locals/communities. It directly benefits more than 15,000 households of the catchment areas for treatments of communicable as well as non-communicable chronic diseases.”
Sharing his delight at the project and recognition, Dr. Ramesh Makaju, Administrative Director of Dhulikhel Hospital said, “It is a great honor that our joint initiative with Ncell implemented to take healthcare service to the doorsteps of rural people using technology has received these international recognitions. We have a plan to expand this project to 20 or more health centers, making it easy for our rural population to seek healthcare service conveniently.”
Ncell’s Health Projects in Four Centers
Ncell has set up its health projects with Dhulikhel Hospital in four community outreach centers of the hospital. They are Manekharka (Sindhupalchowk), Dorpu (Solukhumbu), Thangsin (Nuwakot) and Bolde (Kavrepalchowk).
Under its CSR initiative, Ncell’s health services focus on Telemedicine and Personalized Health Program (PHP). Under Telemedicine, the project delivers healthcare services from health centers by using connectivity and a modern telemedicine kit.
In PHP, a preventive program, locals from catchment areas of these community health centers will get specific health services wherein health workers will conduct regular monitoring of the health of local people for timely intervention at the local level.