Kyrgyzstan’s Tech Community Fights the COVID-19 Crisis

Kyrgyzstan’s Tech Community Fights the COVID-19 Crisis
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When the cases of the novel coronavirus were reported in Kyrgyzstan, along with the first responders, the volunteers from the country’s tech community were among the first to join. Over 400 IT specialists have come together to form a tech team to support the frontliners and the government’s efforts in tackling the virus. The team has now built more than a dozen IT solutions in less than two weeks including a virtual self-assessment tool, an efficient system for medical workers to request PPE, an app that monitors the condition of people placed in self-isolation and a Zoom alternative with free internet bandwidth across the country. IT volunteers are also helping government bodies to communicate with the citizens, producing quick and flexible software. Chatbots and websites in both Russian and Kyrgyz languages are controlling the deluge of questions and anxiety coming from the concerned public. By creating easily-accessible sources of accurate COVID-19 information, updates and advice, Kyrgyz tech specialists helped to avoid the spread of false and misleading information as well as ease the workload of health professionals in terms of consulting the population. The team keeps fighting the effects of the pandemic and developing even more projects to support the frontliners, the government, and the public.