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Published on : Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Participants and tourists attending the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio De Janeiro, will have the opportunity to self-monitor and report symptoms typical of known epidemics in the country. The Secretary of Health Surveillance from the Ministry of Health in Brazil is launching a new smart phone application Guardioes da Saude (Guardians of Health). Every citizen at least thirteen years old may participate by downloading the free application to their smart phone via the Play Store, Apple Store or the guardioesdasaude.org website.
The new app has been launched in partnership with United States-based Skoll Global Threats Fund. This event will help collect information about the risk of disease transmission. This information will accelerate effective action to combat epidemics in weeks prior, during and after the Olympics. Public participation is absolutely necessary to curb the spread of diseases such as those transmitted by the mosquito Aedes aegypti (dengue, Zika and chikungunya).
Guardioes da Saude has been inspired from a similar application Saude na Copa, which was launched during the FIFA World Cup 2014. The similarity between the two apps is that it will help encourage to indicate their health condition daily. The Government can detect and monitor the symptoms typical of known epidemics in the country, including respiratory, diarrheal and rash.
Ricardo Barros, Brazilian Minister of Health addressed that, this application is a resourceful tool for Brazilian and foreign citizens to share and disseminate information on health, making it an integral part of monitoring outbreaks, tracking potential spread and providing information to help people act. According to him, as an interactive and real-time tool, this app will help facilitate actions of public health services to identify and potentially contain public health events much faster.
Mark Smolinski, Chief Medical Officer at the Skoll Global Threats Fund said that, Guardioes da Saude will help track the community’s health in real-time over the course of the event.
The application can be accessed in seven languages including Portuguese, English, French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic and Chinese.
Some of the special features of the application are as follows: