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Qualcomm Honored for 3G Mobile Vision Project in China

Jan 15, 2013

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“The doctor told me that soon I will be able to see without my glasses!” said one of the children participating in the Mobile Vision Project who has amblyopia. Sometimes called “lazy eye,” amblyopia is the most common cause of vision impairment in childhood. Detected early, amblyopia is treatable. Left untreated, however, it can cause lifelong disability.

Qualcomm, through its Wireless Reach initiative, collaborated with China Children and Teenager’s Fund (CCTF) and Xi’an Kingtone Information Technology Co., Ltd., on the Mobile Vision Project to help close the gaps in care for rural communities in China and preserve the sight of children affected by this condition.

For our commitment to this project, CCTF honored Qualcomm as an Outstanding Contributor during CCTF’s China Children Charity Award ceremony, held December 9, at The Capital Indoor Stadium in Beijing. More than 7,000 people, including government officials, business leaders and entertainers, attended the gala event. Also in attendance were approximately 100 children who have benefitted from CCTF’s vision aid project, including several from the area where the Mobile Vision project has been implemented. As a result of the project, these children have successfully recovered from amblyopia.

Launched in October 2011 in Hengshui City, Hebei Province, the Mobile Vision Project utilizes a customized 3G-enabled mobile application, Snapdragon™-enabled smartphones, and Internet-ready PCs and laptops to extend resources to China’s medically underserved areas and assist doctors in the screening and treatment of children with amblyopia. Clinicians can now access digital patient records remotely via a 3G network. They use the smartphones to access the Internet and learn more about ophthalmology and how to communicate with experts online.

A few months after the launch of the project, I had the opportunity to hear from a few of the participating clinicians about the project's impacts. Ms. Kefang Li, an Ophthalmologist at Hengshui Second People’s Hospital reported that, “after encountering a child with amblyopia, we can immediately enter the data via our mobile phones, and we reference the record at any time in follow-up treatments.” And, Ms. Qingye Shu, a clinician at Damasen Public Health Center in Hengshui City, shared that the project has the potential to improve diagnosis and treatment techniques during the annual pre-kindergarten screenings.

Today, 94 township-level clinics regularly use the system in their daily medical practice. Of the 17,655 eye exams collected to date, 2,772 have resulted in a diagnosis of amblyopia. The project serves approximately 400,000 children and teenagers up to age of 14. 

This project is enabling health workers in China’s community clinics to treat more patients efficiently and effectively. We believe 3G connectivity can improve people’s access to health care, particularly within underserved communities, and we are committed to continuing to bring advanced technology to where it’s most needed.

Close collaboration between Qualcomm and partnering organizations has made the Mobile Vision Project a success. Because of this project, many children have a better chance of living without a vision disability.

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Qualcomm Sustainability Report: Limitless opportunities to create the future [video]

Today I am thrilled to announce the launch of the 2016 Qualcomm Sustainability Report, which details key accomplishments from the past year of our sustainability journey.

In particular, I am excited about our new 2020 sustainability goals – a set of milestones to keep Qualcomm on track to realize our 2030 sustainability vision. Specifically, by 2020, we aspire to accomplish the following objectives.

  • We will have a comprehensive understanding of:
    • The sustainability impacts and opportunities arising from the application of our technology.
    • The sustainability impacts in our supply chain.
    • Our human rights impacts and opportunities.
    • Our carbon and water footprints across our value chain.
  • Our comprehensive programs for recruiting, retaining and promoting an inclusive and diverse workforce will result in increased representation of women and underrepresented minorities across our workforce including technical and business leadership roles.
  • We will enhance and expand the talent pipeline in the technology industry by engaging students and other key stakeholders in our scalable STEM education initiatives.
  • Our ethics and compliance standards will continue to be fully integrated into our global business operations where we have a controlling interest.
  • Key stakeholders will have a thorough understanding of our sustainability programs and priorities.

One of my favorite things about working at Qualcomm is that we aren’t just a company of inventors – we are also global citizens collaborating to make our world a better place. People across our company work tirelessly to inspire the next generation of innovators, demonstrate the impact mobile can have in communities around the world and make technologies like 5G a reality.

Innovating responsibly isn’t new to us. Year after year, we put our sustainability commitment into action. In 2016, some of our key accomplishments included the following:

  • We completed onsite audits of several of our supplier sites using the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) Validated Audit Process protocol to assess compliance with the EICC Code of Conduct.
  • We conducted our first formal corporate human rights impact assessment to ensure our programs and efforts are focused on the right priorities.
  • Qualcomm Wireless Reach celebrated its ten-year anniversary: the program has brought connected solutions to nearly 10 million people in 46 countries to strengthen social and economic development.
  • We appointed a new Chief Diversity Officer at Qualcomm, who is responsible for providing the vision, leadership and oversight of inclusion and diversity initiatives across the company.
  • Our Qualcomm Thinkabit Lab in San Diego – and its summer program, QCamp – have hosted more than 10,000 students, educators and parents in hands-on engineering activities since opening in 2014. This year, we opened a new Thinkabit Lab with Virginia Tech in the National Capital Region, which marked the latest milestone in our Company’s longstanding commitment to STEM education.
  • We engaged our employees in two separate campaigns focused on reducing our carbon and water footprints: the CO2 + U QChallenge and Take the Water Pledge.

Through our products and programs, across our value chain and in our communities, the opportunities to empower people, enhance quality of life and protect the planet for future generations are endless. I encourage you to download our report to learn more about our 2020 sustainability goals and our progress thus far in making our 2030 sustainability vision a reality.

Please visit our sustainability website to learn more about our strategy, priorities and reporting, and follow us on Twitter to learn more about our efforts in this space.

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Video games. Computers. TV. Children today spend so much time indoors using electronic media that they lack the physical fitness, concentration and social skills of previous generations. Some findings conclude that too much time indoors is directly correlated with decreased academic performance.

I love that children embrace digital tools, but I also want all of them to achieve their full potential. This is why I’m excited about the “CloudPlay for Education” (CloudPlay) mobile learning (mLearning) program in Tainan, Taiwan.

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