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Etisalat Afghanistan Participates in 2015 mHealth Grand Cycle Tour

Kabul – 21 September 2015

Etisalat Afghanistan along with other Etisalat affiliate companies, participated in 2015 mHealth Grand Tour from 3 to 12 September 2015. The 1,500km long race began in Brussels on 3 September and concluded in Geneva on 12 September.

11 cyclists from across Etisalat Group`s international footprint and a loyal Etisalat customer, who lives in Dubai and suffers from type 1 diabetes, represented Team Etisalat in the tour.
‘Diabetes is a growing disease around the globe that shows no sign of slowing down. Nowadays more and more people are suffering from this pernicious disease and we have to act now and do.’ said Dr. Salah Zerguerras, Etisalat Afghanistan CEO, ‘The tour helps us test and develop new mobile health solutions to tackle the issues and provide diabetics with new and easy to access solutions so that they lead a positive life.’

Etisalat riders were equipped with advanced vital performance monitoring tools integrated into their uniforms and through wearable devices. The devices worked using Etisalat’s award winning Mobile Connect platform, providing real time critical data for a scientific study on the impact of mHealth on the daily lives of people suffering from diabetes.

Ahmad Shekib, the rider form Etisalat Afghanistan said, ‘Participation in such a big and important event helped introduce the real Afghanistan to the world and is a huge achievement for Afghanistan in the field of sports. Our aim as a member of Etisalat global family was to send the world the message of peace and show our support from all humanitarian causes.’ He also thanked Etisalat Afghanistan for providing the opportunity and supporting sports during the past years in Afghanistan.

The tour was split into three stages. Stage 1 began from Brussels and ended in Paris two days later. Stage 2 witnessed riders leaving Paris, crossing the Vosges before ending in Belfort from where Stage 3 began. During the final stage the riders had to tackle a mountain profile stage in the Alps before the finished in Geneva.

The mHealth Grand Tour 2015 aimed to raise public awareness of diabetes, a condition that affects 387 million people, or 8.3% of the global population in 2014. It also aimed to promote the development of mobile health solutions that have the potential to significantly improve day-to-day life for people with diabetes.

According to the International Diabetes Federation, there will be close to 592 million people suffering from diabetes by 2035.