Google supports Brazilian initiatives in the fight against COVID-19

by Kelvin
Google supports Brazilian initiatives in the fight against COVID-19

Last Thursday (10), Google announced on its blog that it is donating more than 8.5 million dollars to 31 organizations around the world, in order to fight the new coronavirus. Among them are the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz Bahia), in partnership with the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA), and the Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein.

The funding is part of the company’s commitment to donate $100 million to the fight against COVID-19 and has been categorized into four main areas: monitoring and forecasting the spread of disease; improving health equity and minimizing the side effects of the pandemic; advances in the science of contact tracking and environmental detection and support for healthcare professionals.

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The fund is intended to support innovative ideas using Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Data Science. In the case of Fiocruz Bahia, an AI platform for research and sharing of information related to the coronavirus in Brazil will be established. At Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein, the objective is to support and integrate community health professionals and volunteers to help provide mental health services, in addition to monitoring the results in one of the most vulnerable communities in the country.

Google.org is an arm that supports nonprofit organizations dedicated to finding revolutionary solutions to major global challenges. The selection of projects to receive funding was done through a competitive and merit-based process. β€œIt’s remarkable to see leaders from different industries and areas of expertise coming together during this critical time in our history,” says Brigitte Hoyer Gosselink, the company’s Director of Product Impact.