The application period for the Gulbenkian Solues Digitais COVID-19 was opened between March 26 and April 10. Among 300 projects, the Gulbenkian initiative, which has the support of EDP, selected 19, who use telemedicine to fight fake news about the pandemic. In addition to the global financing of 200 thousand euros, the solutions will count on Cuatrecasas pro bono legal advice in the development of the projects.
With this initiative, solutions that promote remote health care will be supported, as well as the management of symptoms and the use of data to study the evolution of the disease. There is also a telereabilitation project for stroke patients and mental health has not been forgotten either.
Projects related to scientific knowledge were also selected, for example, at the level of detecting patterns and creating statistical models about the coronavirus. Information was also in focus in these solutions, with proposals that include the implementation of a repository of validated scientific evidence and the creation of a public knowledge network regarding COVID-19.
Some of the supported projects are more focused on supporting the population, namely by facilitating the access of patients confined to medicines. Projects that mobilize resources and support networks will also be supported.
One of the winners is the Pode Ir? App, developed by the tech4COVID19 movement, which aims to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Through the application, users can avoid long lines at the supermarket, avoiding the risk of contagion and contributing to safer access for all consumers.
Among the hundreds of applications, their projects were presented by universities, research centers, associations and technological companies. The Gulbenkian Solues Digitais initiative is part of the Covid-19 Emergency Fund, a five million euro fund created by the Gulbenkian Foundation and open to other entities.