Inspiration In this difficult time, there is so much informational noise around covid-19! The risks of ill health and financial losses are increasing. Many people are confused, anxious, not feeling safe, cannot quickly navigate in different situations related to the covid-19 problem in order to make the right decision.
What it does We building help and infomational hub containing all covid-19 related help options and proved information around virus from WHO, local Ministry of Health. We connect people to real volunteers who help elder people, single people with disabilities and any other people to get right help using loval Ministry of Labor initiatives and Red Cross organization. Once on our site, any person, realizing their problem, will be able to choose the path to resources that will help to solve it. In addition, we provide the opportunity through the site to register as a volunteer, as a sponsor, to provide real assistance to those in need.
How I built it We bild 3 channels around potential solution - website to share indormation about all potential help options. Chatbot in telegram used widely in our country as alternative to websote communication channel. Тhe bot will help you quickly find a solution to the problem, taking into account the region in which the person is. And platform for healthcare representatives to share their immediate need and crowdfund solution back. We use Wix.com for website, Python for chatbot and custom PHP + JS + Frone-End developemnt for requests platform
Challenges I ran into the main challenge during this project was people work as on backend of our communication channels we have a lot of real people - volunteers from Red Cross, volunteers from Ministry of Labor, Crowdfunding platforms to validate requests from healthcare organizations and a lot of medias to share right content around visur, WFH, etc we combined together
Accomplishments that I'm proud of The project idea was supported by Dmitry Gursky (Flo Health) at the online hackathon March 20-25, 2020 from Bel.Biz. In addition, we agreed on cooperation with the Belarusian Red Cross Society and the Names assistance platform
What I learned Probably best learning from our start so far is that you always can rely on people and good people always will help to bring your idea to life. This product developed by volunteers for volunteers and it moves him forward.
What's next for covidby.info We need to compete all our 3 channels mentioned before and scale this solution with help of UN and Ministry of Health in Belarus and also in other countries. Our project will connect those who need help with those who can really help, in different situations, not only with covid-19
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