Date: 23-Apr-2020

3,000 Global Healthcare Workers Join Alibaba Online To Explore COVID-19

Amid the global spread of COVID-19, it has become more important for medical personnel with firsthand experience treating patients with the virus to share their knowledge with colleagues the world over.

That’s where the Global MediXchange for Combating COVID-19 (GMCC) comes in, with doctors and other healthcare workers from China and around the world gathering virtually to share medical insights, firsthand experience and best practices for treating coronavirus. The brainchild of the Jack Ma Foundation, the Alibaba Foundation with Alibaba Health and Alibaba Cloud, the GMCC platform was launched last month to combat COVID-19 with open knowledge and online communication.

Early signs are that it’s working ­– both attracting a growing number of healthcare workers and the value of information that’s being exchanged. Already, nearly 3,000 have joined the platform and hundreds of medical staff are participating in key live-sharing sessions.

Last week, Dr. Sunil De Alwis, Deputy Director-General of the Ministry of Health in Sri Lanka,led a team of doctors in a video conference with Dr. Jinnong Zhang, director of the emergency department at China’s Wuhan Union Hospital. During the call, Dr. Zhang – who himself had recovered from the coronavirus infection – shared his personal uphill battles with the disease, his views on testing and his suggested treatment plans for COVID-19.

And hundreds of medical staff from hospitals across Rwanda, Ethiopia, South Africa and Sri Lanka have participated in live exchange sessions organized by the GMCC in an urgent effort to understand the best ways to cope with a completely new and deadly virus.

"The experiences that were shared in this exchange were very valuable, and what I took away was the importance of preparation, prevention, and monitoring at all times," said Dr. S M Zungu from the South Africa National Department of Health.