Novel coronavirus (158) Handbook of COVID-19 Prevention and Treatment (2) Global MediXchange for Combating COVID-19

19 March, 2020

Dear HIFA colleagues,

Further to Isabelle's message on the Handbook, I learn (thanks to our association with IFLA Evidence for Global and Disaster Health) that Zhejiang University has also established a Global MediXchange for Combating COVID-19, with the byline 'Sharing and cooperation are the best prescription to fight against the new unknown virus'.

'The Jack Ma Foundation and Alibaba Foundation, together with the First Affiliated Hospital of Zhejiang University, jointly established the Global MediXchange for Combating COVID-19 (GMCC) programme, with the support of Alibaba Cloud Intelligence and Alibaba Health, to help combat the global outbreak of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. This platform was established to facilitate continued communication and collaboration across borders, as well as to provide the necessary computing capabilities and data intelligence to empower pivotal research efforts. The platform can provide frontline medical teams with the necessary communication channels to share practical experience and information about fighting the pandemic.'

"Now, we can't beat this virus unless we share our resources, know-how and hard-earned lessons."

—Jack Ma, Founder of Jack Ma Foundation

The initiative includes an International Medical Expert Communication Platform, 'Connecting medical heroes across the world'.

'In order to combat the coronavirus outbreak head on as a world united, we are connecting medical heroes from around the world with our DingTalk messaging platform. The Medical Expert Communication Platform was launched in DingTalk to help medical experts from all over the world share resources and information as well as their experience and know-how, all of which will empower medical teams on the frontlines of the COVID-19 emergency.'

I have reached out to the Jack Ma Foundation @foundation_ma and Ali Baba Foundation @AliFoundation to offer our support.

TY @foundation_ma @AliFoundation for Global MediXchange for Combating #Coronavirus @HIFA_org stands in solidarity and we offer our forums (20k pros in 180 countries) to assist you in our common goal to reduce avoidable death and suffering. #healthinfo4all

Best wishes, Neil

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