KT's Global Epidemic Prevention Platform (GEPP) will be serviced in Kenya. Kenya is one of the main gates of the African continent, serving as Africa's hub country linking Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
KT made an announcement on Dec. 8 that it held an event to launch “GEPP Kenya” at Vila Rosa Kempinski Hotel in Nairobi on Dec. 6 (local time).
Kenya's Deputy Health Minister Dr. Rashid Aman, John Masasabi, a director of Kenya’s Health Ministry, Safaricom Vice President Stephen Chege, Korean Ambassador to Kenya Choi Young-han and KT's Executive Vice President Chung Myung-gon attended the event.
GEPP Kenya is the first case a South Korean company has entered Kenya's national quarantine service. The official service name is Safiri Smart, which means "travel" in Swahili, the East African language, and Safiri Smart refers to "smart travel."
The GEPP Kenya service is based on data exchange between Kenya's Health Ministry and Safaricom, Kenya's No. 1 telecom operator. For example, when Kenyans visit the Ebola-hit Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), they receive text message codes that can be accessed by GEPP services through safaricom.
If a customer enters an access code (*265#) and logs on to GEPP Kenya, they can check information on Ebola infectious diseases, symptoms of infection, and preventive measures.
Meanwhile, KT signed an agreement with Safaric, Kenya's No. 1 telecom carrier, in 2017 to work on a project to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. In December last year, the company held a ground-breaking ceremony for GEPP Kenya and launched the service this month after establishing the system for about a year
This is KT's third fruit following Ghana and Laos after declaring at the UNGC General Assembly in 2016 that it will contribute to promoting global health by utilizing KT's technological prowess.