Doctors Without Borders launches game to “beat” COVID-19

Months after the start of the confinement and almost a year since the first reports on COVID-19 appeared – which at that time was not even called that – the reality is that this has not been controlled: misinformation or ignorance about the health emergency continues to be one of the worst challenges the entire world is facing.

And that’s exactly why Doctors Without Borders (MSF) He is launching an app to review playing the best care practices.


Photo: MSF – COVID Challenge

The app is called COVID Challenge and it has the grace that it is free, in addition to being available for iOS Y Android.

It premiered as a collaboration by Doctors without borders with software developers Pixel Impact And, in a nutshell, it’s about present us illustrated scenarios in which we must find the correct answers and present the best practices against different risk situations for COVID-19.

The stages? There is everything: in the app they will challenge you to handle food correctly, to share a house with someone isolated after testing positive or how to interact remembering the healthy distance.


Photo: MSF – COVID Challenge

“More and more people are searching for knowledge through digital media,” said Abiy Tamrat, the coordinator of medical innovation at Doctors without borders at the launch of your app. “Interactive educational applications are one way to provide this information.”

Also, as a curious fact: it turns out that this idea —that of learning by playing— was implemented in initial ways in the fighting Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Yes it is game, but it is also serious

An important part of this app and why we are making a fuss about it is because has the support of health professionals worldwide. Besides being made by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) It also follows all the protocols of the World Health Organization (WHO).

The app is already being tested in Lebanon, in some Syrian refugee camps, with very positive results.


Photo: MSF

“We hope to attract a young generation of tech-savvy users who can engage with the game and take it as an entertaining challenge,” explained Tamrat. “At the same time, they acquire useful knowledge that will induce changes in their behavior.”

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Anyway: the app Doctors without borders is called COVID Challenge and they can give it a go. It’s free, it pulls on all operating systems and you don’t need to be connected to the internet all the time.