Tech companies use their platforms to fight against coronavirus in Cambodia

As the number of confirmed coronavirus cases continues to rise, exceeding 110 in Cambodia (as of 2 April), technology companies have been supporting the government in the fight against coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Smart Axiata, one of the largest telecoms operators in Cambodia, has committed 1 million USD in relief funding as well as setting up infrastructure to enable telemedicine in Cambodian hospitals, a new model of remotely delivered health care that embraces the benefits of digital and data technologies.

The telemedicine technology has been installed at Khmer Soviet Friendship Hospital and Chak Agre Health Center to connect with the Ministry of Health via video conferencing using 5G trial facilities to allow doctors and patients to better interact over long distances.

Thomas Hundt, CEO of Smart Axiata, said “Efforts to disseminate COVID-19 best practices via different channels from verified sources such as the World Health Organization, UNICEF and Ministry of Health have been increased. We will certainly not stop here as we continue exploring ways to make life better during this challenging time,”

Last month, Mark Zuckerberg’s Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) and the Bill Gates Foundation (BGF) announced that the foundations will help a group of Cambodian researchers to more easily and quickly identify if people have the virus, according to local news.

Smart Axiata, in partnership with UNICEF and Ministry of Health, has been disseminating information via SMS on how to protect oneself from COVID-19, and has changed its operator label to #StaySafe to encourage social distancing.

Facebook is also providing its users with the latest information about the virus by leading them directly to Cambodia’s Ministry of Health Facebook page and World Health Organization website.

Data graphic by World Health Organization.