COVID-19 emergency: our commitment
E-learning in the days of coronavirus
Thanks to the funding of some National Federations of healthcare professionals (namely the Italian Federation of Medical Professional Associations, FNOMCeO, and the Federation of Italian Pharmacists Associations, FOFI) and to its own direct investments, Zadig has in short time succeeded in developing a free of charge e-learning offer on COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2:
In partnership with FNOMCeO, Zadig has developed a free of charge e-learning course on the new coronavirus for all Italian physicians that was published on the FadInMed technological platform not even 24 hours after the first cases of COVID-19 were reported in Italy. The online course has been periodically updated (22 editions) and has been attended by more than 55,000 participants. Thanks to its innovative format, able to respond promptly to the educational needs of healthcare professionals facing the pandemic, the course was the topic of a letter to the British Medical Journal (BMJ)
In partnership with FOFI, Zadig has developed a free of charge e-learning course on the new coronavirus for all Italian pharmacists that was published on the SAEPE technological platform. The online course, which has been periodically updated (more than 20 editions), has already been attended by more than 12,000 participants.
Zadig, together with ANPAS (Pubbliche Assistenze Italian Associations that aid to the general population, currently representing 880 associations), has developed and published an online course on the new coronavirus for all volunteers involved on the field. The course, completely free of charge, offers suggestions, recommendations and information about the coronavirus and is provided on the FORMARS technological platform. The course has already been attended by more than 6,000 volunteers.
To complete the education offer and continue the decision of providing exclusively independent courses without any sponsorship, Zadig has also published other online courses available on the SAEPE technological platform for individual purchase by professionals:
As knowledge was growing, Zadig has published and updated a course on the pharmaceutical therapies being used to treat COVID-19, which in the early phase of the pandemic were the only option while waiting for vaccines. For each medication, a fact sheet explains the rationale for use, trials conducted or in progress, dosages, evidence of efficacy and safety profile. The course not only provides contents for clinical practice, but also includes the most relevant literature references to deepen the topic.
For the year 2021, in partnership with the Lazzaro Spallanzani National Institute for Infectious Diseases, Zadig offers on the SAEPE technological platform an e-learning course that provides evidece-based and continuosly updated information on SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 and an e-learning course on SARS-CoV-2 vaccines that is updated in parallel with the approval of the different vaccines.
Zadig has developed and published an online course focused on the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and the dressing and undressing procedures (donning and doffing) for healthcare workers involved in the new coronavirus emergency. The course is provided vie the SAEPE technological platform and is open to all healthcare professionals.
Zadig has developed and published an online course on smart working. This new way of working, increasingly widespread because of the pandemics, must be carried out safely, meaning that companies must act properly and be concerned about the health of remote workers. The course delivered on the SAEPE platform is open to all healthcare workers.
The second module of the educational project Novel Learning that aims to merge the two most important branches of the modern medicine, namely evidence based medicine and narrative medicine, is focused on the prevention and management of pressure ulcers, a high priority topic during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic since numerous healthcare workers experienced facial skin injuries or pressure ulcers due to the prolonged use of personal protective equipment (PPI).
Scienza in rete: our journalistic commitment on the COVID-19 frontline
Scienza in rete (Science on the net), Zadig’s magazine dedicated to Italian research in Europe and in the world and to scientific information, is covering the coronavirus emergency with the daily publication of various articles with different approaches. More in details:
- Interviews to experts, among whom Walter Ricciardi, Ilaria Capua, RIno Rappuoli, Vittorio Demicheli
- Activities of data processing related, mostly related to epidemiological data on COVID-19 in Italy (by Giovanni Sebastiani, Institute for Applied Mathematics- National Research Council, IAC- CNR)
- Updates on research and scientific publishing on Sars-CoV-2
- Comments and contributions of the extended network of epidemiologists and experts of the various fields, on data and health literacy
New coronavirus emergency: editorial staffs at work
EpiCentro the portal for public health of the National Institute of Health (ISS) managed by Zadig, began to follow the epidemics from its first outbreak in Wuhan, implementing a section dedicated to the new coronavirus, publishing the information released by the international agencies and institutions and translating the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) risk assessments. Since the outbreak that occurred in Italy, EpiCentro has supported the communication of the Iss website on the pandemics Zadig's editorial staff is engaged 7 days a week, publishing both in-depth materials (thematic focuses) addressed to health workers and daily infographics that collect data related to the integrated surveillance system of COVID-19 in Italy. Twice a week (Tuesday and Friday) EpiCentro publishes the bulletin of surveillance data. Reports on the analysis of fatalities and characteristics of population deceased with coronavirus are also published on a 2-weekly basis. The editorial staff follows the communication requirements related to the evolving pandemic, continuously publishing new or updated contents or developing new website pages or sections, e.g those focused on COVID-19 vaccines, collection and management of the epidemiological data, the impact of COVID-19 on behavioral risk factor surveillance systems and on the Italian Obstetric Surveillance System (ItOSS).
Cancer screening during and after COVID-19
Zadig has created a section on the pandemic emergency on the website of the National Centre for Screening Monitoring (ONS), following the changes in the screening programs in the different Italian regions and beginning a debate on the future of these oncological prevention programs once the pandemic has ended.