Category

Country

  1. Global
  2. Asia & Oceania
  3. China & North Asia
  4. Europe & CIS
  5. Latin America
  6. Middle East & Africa
  7. North America

100 THOUSAND SOLAR LANTERNS PROJECT
vol 16

Panasonic Donates Solar Lanterns to UNDP for Ebola Relief Efforts

Feb 27, 2015

Tokyo, Japan - With the severe and far-reaching impact of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, governments and international organizations need more support for their relief efforts. They have called on the private sector to help the affected populations meet their basic needs in the midst of the crisis.

In response, Panasonic donated 240 solar lanterns to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in December 2014. Solar lanterns are now providing light to Ebola survivors, orphans, medical teams and workers fighting the epidemic in the affected areas of Liberia, where the outbreak is especially serious.

On February 19, Ms. Izumi Nakamitsu, Assistant Secretary-General, Assistant Administrator and Director of the Crisis Response Unit at UNDP, visited Satoshi Takeyasu, Panasonic Corporation Executive Officer in charge of Groupwide Brand Communications Division.

Ms. Nakamitsu, who leads UNDP's response to crisis, expressed gratitude for the solar lanterns donation.

"The solar lanterns are helpful to improve the lives of survivors and orphans affected by Ebola and to support workers in the frontlines of disease control. The solar lanterns not only shed light on the lives of these people, they can also help the fight against Ebola by enabling wire transfer via cell phones thanks to the solar lanterns' charger functions. We appreciate your support for our emergency relief and early recovery efforts."

Our solar lanterns are provided to Ebola survivors who have almost nothing when they are discharged from treatment clinics, since their belongings are incinerated when they test positive and are admitted for treatment. Solar lanterns have also been distributed to people living in quarantined areas, where access to electricity is often limited. In the capital Monrovia, solar lanterns are supporting medical teams while they work at nighttime.

The response to the Ebola crisis still needs much support. Panasonic will continue to contribute to relief efforts in countries that have been hit especially hard by the epidemic.

  • 01_Lantern_UNDP.jpg
    (From left) - Satoshi Takeyasu, Panasonic Corporation Executive Officer in charge of Groupwide Brand Communications Division, and Ms. Izumi Nakamitsu, Assistant Secretary-General, Assistant Administrator and Director of the Crisis Response Unit at UNDP

Related Links:

Consumer Electronics News

Panasonic Donates 1,200 Solar Lanterns to Central Vietnam

Oct 16, 2017

Panasonic Donates 3,060 Solar Lanterns to Humanitarian & Non-Governmental Organizations in Myanmar Bringing Total Number of Donations to 14,924 Throughout 5 Years

Sep 20, 2017

Panasonic to Unveil Technics Direct Drive Turntable with the World's Top-level S/N Ratio and Rotational Stability at IFA

Aug 31, 2017

News Feeds

RSS Feeds

The content in this website is accurate at the time of publication but may be subject to change without notice. Please note therefore that these documents may not always contain the most up-to-date information.

Copy and paste this code.

x