October 2021

A medical professional meets a patient

In 2020, the Emergency Response Program offered grant awards of up to $500,000 for Internet-based projects that responded to challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. Four organizations were awarded grants throughthis program.The grantee organizations and their respective projects included:

  • Help NGO ($499,000) —expanding Internet connectivity for health facilities
  • Amref Health Africa ($275,000) —building the COVID-19 health workforce in Africa through online learning
  • OneSky ($432,147) —expanding an online learning platform that connects caregivers across Asia
  • Chequeado ($276,667) —fighting the spread of disinformation through a digital fact-checking platform

With this grant program now concluding, this report seeks to share highlights of what these four projects achieved, in addition to what the Foundation learned from this grant cycle.