ITU and WHO to partner with telecom companies in disseminating health messages

Supported by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the World Health Organization (WHO) announced they will start working  with telecommunication companies in texting people directly on their mobile phones with COVID-19 health information.  These text messages will reach 3.6 billion people who are not able to connect to the Internet. The collaboration will roll out in the Asia-Pacific region first and expand to other regions. The ITU and the WHO are calling on telecommunication companies worldwide to join the initiative that is a part of ongoing efforts to disseminate health messages through the joint WHO-ITU BeHe@lthy BeMobile initiative.