WSIS Prizes Contest 2021 Nominee

Project ‘FreedomCOVID-19’


"FreedomCOVID19 is an initiative of ZMQ. Creating awareness on COVID-19 among communities, train on Prevention, minimize Transmission and demonstrate strategy and to re-adapt existing programs for digital response to COVID.
The crisis has impacted the work on the ground. We have been using technology in our ground interventions for years. This has accelerated our approach to use technology is more ways as there is definitely restrictions in movement. Our Frontline Health Workers are now more equipped in using technology. ZMQ’s Response to COVID-19 has been in 2 ways:
1. ZMQ’s and its programs to adjust to COVID Response (Like MIRA, FreedomTB and YourStoryTeller Projects)
2. Developing dedicated COVID-19 program to address needs of rural and migrant communities. The programs are like
a. ZMQ has developed an ‘Integrated COVID mHealth System’ for last-mile communities engaging community health workers (ASHAs and VHTs), sub-centers (HC-II), PHCs (HC-III) and CHCs (HC-IV). The solution is focused on diagnostics, case finding, tracking, referral, treatment and prevention in India, Uganda and Rwanda.
b. ZMQ created a ‘COVID Vector Pathways’ project seeing exodus of migrant workers walking back to their villages on fixed pathways. There are 48 vector pathways in India. ZMQ is working on this vector pathway to screen these vulnerable people on parameters like Thermal screening, Cough, Symptoms, providing them RFID card with all details of the worker."

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Action lines related to this project
  • AL C1. The role of governments and all stakeholders in the promotion of ICTs for development 2021
  • AL C7. E-health
Sustainable development goals related to this project
  • Goal 3: Good health and well-being
  • Goal 4: Quality education

  • India
  • Rwanda
  • Uganda



Start date

April 2020

End date

September 2021

Target beneficiary group(s)
  • Youth
  • Women
  • Remote and rural communities
  • Community Health Workers


Yes FreedomCOVID-19 is a replicable project. It started in India and is now being replicated in Uganda and Rwanda. We have to re-adapt it to local context with focus on content, language, imageries, graphics, voice-over to fit the needs of the local communities. We are looking for partners to support us to replicate this project in Ethiopia and Afghanistan; and also in 2-3 Francophone countries namely Senegal, Burkina and Cote d’ivoire. As the model is ready – piloted and tested ain India, it has now been being replicated and scaled to Uganda and Rwanda.


Yes FreedomCOVID-19 is a sustainable project. With its adaptation for a new country, it needs little resources to develop and customized for that country. Once it is done, it will be piloted in a district and then it is offered to the national government to adoption. The ultimate objective is to measure the impact in form of how many lives have been saved and also it is calculated based Health Economic Impact that is how the lives saved have impacted the economy in terms of the metrics DALYs (Disability-Averted Life Years).

WSIS values promotion

The role of governments and all stakeholders in the promotion of ICTs for development, ICT applications: benefits in all aspects of life — E-health, Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all, Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

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Entity country—type

India Civil Society

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