Africa’s leading digital TV operator StarTimes and UNAIDS formally established partnership with signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to help Africa end the AIDS epidemic by 2030 .
The two parties wiil created a strategic partnership with the aim of achieving a shared objective and common goal, which is to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030.
StarTimes and UNAIDS will work together to increase awareness of HIV and to reduce stigma and discrimination of people living with HIV and whose live affected by HIV across the broadcast networks of StarTimes that are available throughout the African continent.
“Your (StarTimes) network which will be able to reach millions of Africans with information which will help us not just to give pills to people but will be able to restore their dignity to those people,” UNAIDS Executive Director and Under-Secretary-General of the UN, Michel Sidibé said on the signing ceremony of the MOU with noting that people will have the knowledge and information to protect themselves, and then we can really control the epidemic.
President of StarTimes Group, Pang Xinxing stated that “AIDS is a public enemy of all mankind and they will work together with UNAIDS to shoulder the mission of fighting AIDS.”
Pang added that the first step of ending AIDS is to enhance awareness of HIV and StarTimes, as an influential digital TV operator, they will let more people know HIV and how HIV is transmitted.
Since 27th, July 2016 when Michel Sidibé paid a visit to StarTimes, the two sides have started their discussion on exploring opportunities for collaboration in order to reduce the impact of HIV in Africa.
On 1st December 2016, StarTimes and UNAIDS on the World AIDS Day, worked together to reach millions of people in Africa with two short videos message that promote the life-cycle approach to HIV prevention — finding HIV solutions for everyone, at every stage of life.
As a responsible corporation, StarTimes always takes corporate social responsibility seriously.
During the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa in 2014, StarTimes created content and broadcast messages and programmes about the prevention and management of Ebola, including pull-up banners in outlet stores, scroll messages on-screen and online activities through social media.
StarTimes is the leading digital-TV operator in Africa, serving nearly 10 million subscribers and covering all of the continent’s population with a massive distribution network of 200 brand halls, 3,000 convenience stores and 5,000 distributors.
StarTimes owns a featured content platform, with 480 authorized channels consisting of news, movies, series, sports, entertainment, children’s programs, fashion, religion etc.
The company’s vision is “To enable every African family to afford and enjoy digital TV” StarTimes achieves this by combining satellite and terrestrial DTV systems to provide an open and secure digital wireless platform.
The company provides a robust signal transmission service for public and private broadcasters, offers consumers outstanding Pay-TV programs, mobile multimedia, wireless Internet connectivity and convenient online services including checking TV guide; watching free live football ; chatting with celebrities and friends.
Story by: Sammy Heywood