By Sharon Atieno

In a bid to curb the spread of the pandemic, a free-to-air TV channel has been launched to deliver reliable and informative content to millions of underserved and rural communities across Africa, Europe and Asia-Pacific.

Using SES satellites, the channel –FightCOVID-19- will provide content from trusted organizations such as UNICEF and AFP as well as global EdTech social enterprise, which will help in identifying COVID-19 symptoms, the recovery process, and how to manage the effects of a global pandemic and social distancing, such as managing a household, children or mental health.

 “Our lives have been disrupted by COVID-19 in the last few months, and unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon. Through the global reach of satellite, we are in a position to contribute our resources wisely to help provide important information to vulnerable communities,” said Steve Collar, CEO of SES.

“We have been really fortunate to be able to collaborate with UNICEF, AFP and who are willing to contribute their content for this good cause. Together, we hope to reach a wide group of audiences with reliable and trustworthy content and do our part in helping slow the spread of COVID-19.”

The channel is available in the following regions: ASTRA 4A at 5 degrees East for Sub-Saharan Africa and Ukraine; ASTRA 2F at 28.2 degrees East for West Africa; NSS-12 at 57 degrees East for Ethiopia and adjacent countries; and SES-9 at 108.2 degrees East for the Philippines.