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Goal 1: End Poverty

1.4)   By 2030 ensure that all men and women, in particular the poor and the vulnerable, have equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to basic services, ownership and control over land and other forms of property, inheritance, natural resources, appropriate new technology, and financial services including microfinance

In Colombia, Qualcomm contributes to the Fishing with Mobile Nets project, an initiative that utilizes advanced wireless technologies, digital content, and a virtual community platform to promote the economic and social development of traditional fishermen, women and children in vulnerable fishing villages. The project provides participants with 3G or 4G LTE connected tablets and smartphones along with customized applications and training to support mobile education, improved business practices, and the development of economic activities. The adoption of mobile technologies resulted to an average income increase of 15%  among project participants from 2013-2014. Since the initial project in La Boquilla in 2013, Fishing with Mobile Nets has expanded to the traditional fishing communities of Tumaco in 2014, and Providence Island in 2015. 

Goal 3: Ensure Healthy Lives

3.1)   By 2030, reduce the global maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100,000 live births

The Mobile Ultrasound Patrold is a project partnered by Qualcomm with the Moroccan Ministry of Health and others aiming to improve care for women in developing countries through early detection and treatment of major causes of maternal mortality by utilizing mobile technology. The project provides participating doctors and nurses with backpacks containing devices that are wirelessly connected to specialists in hospital clinics to ensure high quality diagnostics. By March 2015, a total of 575 exams including 3,108 images were wirelessly transmitted through 3G technology, with clinicians giving the ultrasounds a 98% perfect clarity rating. The use of wireless technology has reduced diagnostic reviews or second opinion times, costs of a medical diagnosis per patient, and increased medical practitioners’ skills to deliver ultrasounds. 

3.7)   By 2030, ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health-care services, including for family planning, information and education, and the integration of reproductive health into national strategies and programmes

Qualcomm® Wireless Reach™ is a strategic initiative that brings wireless technology to underserved communities globally. Wireless Reach invests in projects that foster entrepreneurship, aid in public safety, enhance the delivery of health care, enrich teaching and learning and improve environmental sustainability. Mobile technologies are literally breaking down barriers – geographic, socio-economic, educational and cultural – that have historically obstructed progress in developing countries. To date, Wireless Reach has collaborated with more than 450 stakeholders on over 100 projects in 40 countries, and has benefited nearly 8 million people. The Mobilizing HERhealth program empowers women factory workers in China to better manage and improve their health via mobile technology. Developed by Business for Social Responsibility, (BSR) Qualcomm® Wireless Reach™ is the primary program funder and provides wireless expertise along with project management support. The mobile application connects women with peer health educators, providing them access to reproductive health training and other interactive health-related content. The project aligns with China’s 12th Five Year Plan, which prioritizes developing affordable, accessible health care for the entire population.

Goal 5: Achieve Gender Equality

5.b)   Enhance the use of enabling technologies, in particular ICT, to promote the empowerment of women

Qualcomm® Wireless Reach™ is a strategic initiative that brings wireless technology to underserved communities globally. Wireless Reach invests in projects that foster entrepreneurship, aid in public safety, enhance the delivery of health care, enrich teaching and learning and improve environmental sustainability. Mobile technologies are literally breaking down barriers – geographic, socio-economic, educational and cultural – that have historically obstructed progress in developing countries. To date, Wireless Reach has collaborated with more than 450 stakeholders on over 100 projects in 40 countries, and has benefitted nearly 8 million people. 

Qualcomm® Wireless Reach™ and Hapinoy have partnered in creating the Hapinoy Mobile Money Hub project in the Philippines, a program that provides participating Nanays (Tagalog for “Mother”) with mobile literacy training, access to capital via micro financing institutions, and new business opportunities using advanced wireless technologies. The project empowers Nanay microentrepreneurs to become Mobile Money Agents, allowing them to generate additional income by providing reliable remittance service in their local neighborhoods. Qualcomm has contributed primary funding for the project, along with project management support and wireless technology expertise. 

In Malaysia, Qualcomm, the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, Tune Talk Mobile Prepaid and the Foundation for Women’s Education and Vocational Training joined forces to enhance womens’ skills and knowledge in business and technology through the Mentoring Women in Business Program. The program provides participants with business training along with a mentorship program that empowers and encourages women entrepreneurs. By the end of 2014, 150 women entrepreneurs have completed the intensive ICT, business, and English training, and received a tablet and data plan.