Known as Fight Covid-19, its content is provided by trusted organisations such as UNICEF and AFP, as well as global EdTech social enterprise Potential.com, and aimed at providing underserved and rural communities with critical information about how to limit the spread of the virus.
The channel is available in sub-Saharan Africa and Ukraine on Astra 4A at 5 degrees East; West Africa on Astra 2F at 28.2 degrees East; Ethiopia and adjacent countries on NSS-12 at 57 degrees East; and Philippines on SES-9 at 108.2 degrees East.
Commenting on the development, Steve Collar, CEO of SES, said: “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.
“We have been really fortunate to be able to collaborate with UNICEF, AFP and Potential.com 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″.