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LG Electronics Supports Self-sufficiency of Ethiopians
Vaccinating Ethopia
LG Electronics Supports Self-sufficiency of Ethiopians
  • By Jung Suk-yee
  • April 27, 2015, 13:00
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An Ethiopian child receives an experimental cholera vaccine from a local nurse while LG staff supervise.
An Ethiopian child receives an experimental cholera vaccine from a local nurse while LG staff supervise.

 

LG Electronics is doing a variety of community services for the self-sufficiency of the Ethiopian people, the company said. The United Nations nominated the country as one of the poorest in the world.

LG Electronics and the International Vaccine Institute (IVI) co-promoted a cholera vaccination event last February in Ethiopia, LG Electronics said. 

LG Electronics and IVI vaccinated 50,000 people for cholera of Oromia in Ethiopia, which has been categorized as a cholera risk area, LG Electronics said.

The cholera vaccine, the world’s first low-cost oral product, is usable all over the globe, as it was approved by the World Health Organization (WHO).

LG Electronics cooperates with the Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI) for the vaccination campaign, as well as training local healthcare personnel. The two companies will also continually promote the vaccine Oromia, and visit about 10 schools in areas lacking in hygiene to provide health and hygiene education, LG Electronics said.

Lee Choong-hak, director of the management support unit of LG Electronics, said the company, in cooperation with IVI, will continually pursue the vaccination project in Ethiopia.

Jerome H. Kim, next secretary general of IVI, appreciated LG Electronics’ sponsorship for the biomedical sectors of poor countries.

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The LG-IVI vaccination project follows a vaccination safety test, regional research, and participation of medical staff and relevant institutions, LG Electronics said.

LG Electronics has also been doing the “LG hope village” project which supports Ethiopian people’s freestanding, the company said.

LG Electronics is the first conglomerate which established its overseas subsidiary, focusing on corporate social responsibility, in Ethiopia, the company said. The company’s branch in Ethiopia is aimed at helping people become continually self-sufficient, the company said. For this goal, LG Electronics has been setting up a “freestanding rural village,” vocational training school, and sponsorship for the descendants of Korean war veterans for three years, the company said.

Until 2015, LG Electronics plans to support improvements of village infrastructure, trial farm set-up, and village leader education, the company said.