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WISH: WISH SURVEY SHOWS INDIA'S HEALTHCARE SYSTEM LAGS BEHIND IN THE FIGHT AGAINST FUTURE PANDEMICS

More than half of India’s healthcare workers identify lack of access to equipment and inadequate preparation as key threats that endanger their health system

DOHA, Qatar, Sept. 22, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — 55 percent of India’s healthcare workers believe the efficiency of India’s national health system is at risk should a major threat or another pandemic emerge in the next five years, due to a lack of access to equipment and inadequate preparation, found a study conducted by YouGov on behalf of the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH). 

These findings reveal India’s health system to be much weaker in this area than other countries such as the US (31 percent), the UK (36 percent), and Saudi Arabia (46 percent) to cope with another large-scale health emergency.

Moreover, India was also found to be the least prepared for a new pandemic amongst the surveyed countries. 60 percent of its healthcare workers consider a lack of preparation as one of the top hazards to their national health system’s ability in such an event, in contrast to those in Brazil (44 percent), the US (47 percent), Saudi Arabia (48 percent), the UK (48 percent) and Nigeria (54 percent).

When asked about the leading factors damaging their health system’s resilience, a quarter (25 percent) of India’s healthcare workers highlighted a lack of specialized equipment, with other issues such as lack of financing and a shortage of skilled workers also featuring prominently.

Despite these challenges, 90 percent of India’s healthcare practitioners admitted that they would still train as healthcare professionals if joining the industry now – this was highest number compared with peers in the UK (35 percent), US (53 percent), Brazil (64 percent), Saudi Arabia (76 percent) and Nigeria (85 percent).

“These insights underline the acute need to widen access to essential tools, including protective equipment (PPE) and ventilators that have shielded communities all over the world against the severe impact of the COVID-19 virus and various communicable diseases. The absence of these basic facilities, compounded by other underlying issues facing the health systems of developing nations such as India, demand immediate solutions that other nations, global health organizations and change enablers are in the position to create. We must use this understanding to shoulder greater responsibility towards empowering critically vulnerable health systems to avert the risk of failure in the event of future health emergencies,” said Sultana Afdhal, CEO of WISH.

The global survey, which included healthcare professionals from the UK, US, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, India, and Brazil, aimed to gauge the impact of dealing with COVID-19 on healthcare workers’ lives, as well as explore what they foresee as the future of healthcare.

WISH, a global health initiative of Qatar Foundation, is a global platform which gathers healthcare experts, policymakers, and innovators to unite in the goal of building a healthier world. The biennial WISH Summit, taking place October 4 – 6 in Doha, Qatar and virtually, aims to showcase WISH’s evidence-based research and discuss how to translate these findings into practical, policy-driven solutions that help transform global healthcare delivery.

The sixth edition of the summit will run under the banner of “Healing the Future.” The summit will thoroughly explore the legacy of COVID-19 from various perspectives, including how to build more resilient and sustainable healthcare systems, improve our response to the mental health crisis faced by health and care workers, and harness the rapid progress in pharmaceutical innovation that has taken place during the pandemic.

For more information on WISH, visit www.wish.org.qa.

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Saudi Data, AI Authority (SDAIA) and Ministry of Energy Partner with IBM to Accelerate Sustainability Initiatives in Saudi Arabia Using AI

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia and ARMONK, N.Y., Sept. 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority (SDAIA) and IBM (NYSE: IBM) announced today the signing of a strategic agreement to drive adoption of artificial intelligence in the carbon capture and industrial domains across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Announced at the second Global AI summit in the Kingdom, the first use case under this agreement will be in collaboration with the Ministry of Energy in Saudi Arabia. SDAIA, Ministry of Energy and IBM will use artificial intelligence technology to detect, map, and eventually reduce carbon emissions across the country.

Dr. Majid Al-Tuwaijri, the CEO for the National Center for AI, said, “This agreement with IBM will contribute to creating opportunities by addressing key challenges in circular carbon economy, petrochemical and industrial domains, through the development of innovative solutions in the field of data and artificial intelligence, and the exchange of shared experiences and investment opportunities in this vital area to support achieving the goals of Vision 2030.”

“This agreement would allow us to leverage IBM’s expertise in technologies like artificial intelligence,” Eng. Ahmed Al-Zahrani, Ministry of Energy’s Assistant Minister for Development and Excellence, said, “which will play a key role in promoting the adoption of the Circular Carbon Economy, achieving the goals announced during the Saudi Green Initiative.”

The management of greenhouse gas emissions is critical to the Kingdom’s reaching its objective of net zero,” said Dina Abo-Onoq, Managing Partner, IBM Consulting Saudi Arabia. “Using multiple satellites and different types of imaging technologies, we will train an AI model to recognize and pinpoint different forms of gas across the entire country. By doing so, this will help with earlier and better visibility of the problem which has not been possible with conventional measurement approaches.”

As part of the overall agreement, IBM will work with SDAIA to identify high value applications of artificial intelligence and machine learning to solve challenges in public and private sector organizations in the Kingdom, with a focus on supporting the Kingdom’s sustainability and industrialization objectives.

Saudi Arabia is currently undergoing a major transformation program to become a global logistics hub and industrial powerhouse. The Kingdom has also set a target of achieving net zero in emissions by 2060 and to support the global effort to cut emissions. New cities and infrastructure being built in the Kingdom, such as NEOM or the Red Sea, are being designed with sustainability objectives in mind.

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preetig@sg.ibm.com 

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Unstoppable Women of Web3 Launches New Education Streams

First Stream is on Web3, and Partners with Miss O Cool Girls

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Unstoppable Women of Web3 (Unstoppable WoW3), a diversity and education group on a mission to equalize the playing field in Web3, is launching a new way for people to learn about Web3 with focused education streams that will be completely free for all Unstoppable Women of Web3 members. This new series is supported by the founding partner, Unstoppable Domains, the leading platform for user-controlled digital identity on Web3 with more than 2.5 million registered domains. Additionally, Unstoppable Domains’ 130+ collaborators will support the initiative by featuring work created by historically marginalized groups in at least half of all materials used for Web3 education.

Expanding access to Web3 education

Since founding the Unstoppable WoW3 community on March 8, 2022, Unstoppable WoW3 has been exploring how people are deriving the most value from Web3, metaverse and blockchain gaming education. Based on this research, Unstoppable WoW3 is introducing different streams of education that focus on fundamental topic areas, including Web3, Blockchain, and the Metaverse.

Each stream will consist of a variety of content formats including audio and video sessions and written articles produced by Unstoppable WoW3 and its partners. In addition to learning about Web3 theory, participants will also be introduced to real-world examples to learn how these theories are applied to live use cases. The materials are curated in a conversational way that offer a low pressure, friendly environment and allows participants to learn at their own pace. Upon full completion of a stream, participants will earn an Unstoppable Badge that will be attached to their digital identity and viewable via their NFT Domain profile. 

Having more women in the web3 space is critical. Many studies link diversity to indicators of profitability and financial health, including cash flow return on investment, Earnings Before Interests and Taxes (EBIT) margins, Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization (EBITDA) margins and gross and net margins (Source:  Catalyst, Why Diversity and Inclusion Matter: Financial Performance June 24, 2020).

“I believe that the future of Web3 should be representative of the diversity of our world. Education is the way to create inclusive opportunities for all,” said Sandy Carter, Founder of Unstoppable WoW3. “Web3 is the future of the internet and for innovation, we need more diverse voices being heard.” 

The Web3 Stream, which will contain 40+ sessions conducted by Unstoppable WoW3 and our collaborators from Gemini, Opera, Prasaga, Celsius, Pinata, Lazy Lions, Sandbox, Decentraland, Polygon and others. Additionally, Unstoppable WoW3 collaborator Learnoverse by BitDegree, a web3 learning hub, has partnered with Unstoppable WoW3 and donated educational materials to the community. The topics will be divided into beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels of complexity.  

Alina Bajars, a Head of Partnerships at BitDegree said, “Reliable and accessible Web3 education is not just about making sure women don’t fall behind, again. It’s about giving them tools to lead the new generation of internet.”

In addition, Unstoppable Domains is partnering with Miss O Cool Girls for a special Web3 Education Stream for young girls. Miss O Cool Girls is a web3 extension of the successful web2 brand Miss O and Friends, an original media and lifestyle brand to empower and build self-esteem for tween girls. Miss O and Friends have been featured on CNN, Teen Vogue, and Business Insider and are working to change the toxic content narrative for girls. Once completing the classes successfully, the girls will earn a badge that will live in their Unstoppable Digital Identity. This will be an exclusive POAP – an NFT to confirm the completion of the course and free domain credits to encourage them to start their Web3 journey.

“It’s never too early to start to teach girls about web3,” said Juliette Blake, Founder of Miss O Cool Girls. “The future is female and the next generation needs to be ready to take on the challenge. As this new tech evolves, it’s our chance to shape it with the empowering narrative we want to see, which only comes from inclusion, education and involvement. The future is female and the next generation needs to be ready to take on the challenge.”

To learn more about the educational offerings, visit unstoppablewow3.com or unstoppablewow3.x in the Web3 Brave browser. If you run a company, you can join Unstoppable Women of Web3 here or read the pledge to join Unstoppable WoW3 here.

About Unstoppable Women of Web3 (WoW3)

Launched in 2022, Unstoppable Women of Web3 is a diversity and education group focusing on training the next generation of talent, with a mission to equalize the playing field early in the Web3 era. All 130 collaborators have pledged to feature work created by historically marginalized groups in at least half of all materials used for Web3 education.

About Unstoppable Domains

Launched in 2018, Unstoppable Domains is an NFT domain name provider and gateway to the decentralized web. Unstoppable Domains allows anyone to purchase a domain name that is minted as an NFT on the blockchain, giving the owner full ownership and control. The company is backed by Pantera, Draper Associates and Boost VC, and supported by grants from the Ethereum Foundation and Zilliqa Foundation.

About Miss O’Cool Girls

The Miss O Cool Girls are a series of 10,000 randomly generated NFTs. Inspired by drawings Juliette Brindak Blake did when she was 10 and illustrated by co-founder, Hermine Brindak, a mother-daughter duo, the Miss O Cool Girls celebrate that there is no one definition of what it means to be a girl. Featuring unique and diverse traits of young teen girls – acne, braces, gap teeth – the mission is to empower and build self-esteem in girls to continue to offset how current media and social media consumption are leading to toxic bullying, trolling and negative role models.

About Bitdegree and Learnoverse

Bitdegree is developing Learnoverse to solve systematic problems around online learning  through a gamified and socially immersive learning experience

Learnoverse is the first ever open learning Metaverse with a Learn & Earn Token Ecosystem. BitDegree – a mother company of Learnoverse – is an e-learning platform that was originally started in 2017 as an antidote to the broken education-to-employment system to educate Internet users and help them achieve professional success.

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Bizverse has officially become a Meta long-term strategic partnership

Bizverse officially became a long-term strategic partnership with Meta in the “IMDA & Meta Start-up Accelerator” program, marking a significant milestone for the project’s growth.

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam, Sept. 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ –The Bizverse crew exerted tremendous effort to excellently become a Meta long-term strategy partnership. Through many rounds of competitive advantages review, Bizverse has attracted the attention of a team of reputable experts from Meta.

After a vigorous discussion about the future of the Metaverse, Bizverse once again presented a clear and professional roadmap outlining the development process, aims, and current location of the project and vision for the future of the Metaverse.

“Bizverse is a technology company that offers answers to business problems by utilizing the social networking model (Social Networking) and the contactless economy platform’s technologies (The Contactless Economy). Blockchain, Digital Twin, 3D Map, VR360, and VRFairs are just a few of the technologies that Bizverse World has successfully integrated into the digital transformation process for businesses in the global market. Since then, Meta has been fully committed to collaborating with Bizverse in the “IMDA & Meta Start-up Accelerator” program to disseminate Vietnamese wisdom around the globe.” said Mr. Trinh Cong Duy – Founder of Bizverse.

Metaverse, together with Blockchain, is designed to influence the direction of future technologies. Many businesses are applying this innovative tech to effectively accelerate their business. Notably, after Facebook rebranded its name as Meta and announced its intentions to build the global decentralized metaverse, Metaverse has shown a strong boom in the world.

No doubt about the popularity of Metaverse, that is the future of the Internet and it is just getting started. Many of the new standards and methodologies differ from the Internet as it currently exists, it is required collaboration among many large enterprises in the world to derive and popularize the perfect standards of the Metaverse world.  Hence Meta would like to work with the most potential projects having the same goal toward catching up with the Metaverse technology trend, and Bizverse is one typical example.

Meta will play a significant role in Bizverse’s expansion plans in terms of the Metaverse, and it will undoubtedly provide new benefits to the Bizverse community.

Strategic partnership with Meta

Strategic partnerships will have a mutual promise of working for the betterment of each other. In particular, a genuine effort given by the set of workshops is made to help members overcome existing challenges, and then be pioneers in the specific field.

In this partnership collaboration, Meta will expand numerous aspects to support Bizverse, such as being a Backer of new technology, connecting the Bizverse team to industry and government leaders, including Meta & Singapore’s IMDA/PDPC. Besides that, Bizverse will also have a chance to utilize the world’s most modern toolkits developed at the IMDA’s PIXEL Innovation Space in Singapore, and be supported by media and investment funds. Furthermore, Meta will not only foster participation with a thriving community of metaverse companies, including Meta but also provide a fantastic opportunity to contribute shared knowledge of personal data use in the metaverse.

Both Bizverse and Meta express their belief that for the upcoming time, the strategic partnership will be implemented comprehensively and effectively, helping the worldwide Metaverse initiative flourish.

About Bizverse

BIZVERSE is a Metaverse and Digital Twin world, aiming toward a contactless economy, a project defined by the concept of Meta Economy – a combination between the Metaverse and Business worlds, to build a virtual reality environment, a real metaverse for business activities.

Website: https://bizverse.io/

Telegram: https://t.me/bizverse

Twitter: https://twitter.com/BizverseWorld 

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