3 Private Firms Announce Commitments to UN-Backed Initiative

Three private companies have pledged to help milllions of poor people in the developing world gain better access to quality health care and energy sources.

Dimagi, Nuru Energy, and Por ti, Familia announced their commitments to Business Call to Action, a U.N.-backed global initiative that seeks private sector support for global development and anti-poverty campaigns, at a meeting of business leaders held on the sidelines of the 66th U.N. General Assembly in New York, USA.

Dimagi, a U.S-based  technology firm, has pledged to promote access to health care for 7 million people in India’s rural areas. The firm said it plans to make its mobile phone application, CommCare, available to 70,000 community health workers across the country.

Meanwhile, Nuru Energy has committed to make its portable and rechargeable light-emitting diode, or LED, devices available to some 1.8 million rural households in Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. For its part, Por ti, Famila — a chain of health centers — pledged to provide quality health care to 270,000 poor people in Peru’s key urban centers.

The commitments were welcomed by U.N. Development Program Assistant Administrator Sigrid Kaag, who said innovative partnership with the private sector are key to the global effort to address poverty and promote inclusive growth in developing countries.

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