“Pallia – Moving on together”: creating digital connection
The "#WirVsVirus Solution Enabler" project “Pallia - Moving on together” provides a digital solution for terminally ill people, suffering from isolation by visiting restrictions.
The #WirVsVirus Solution Enabler project “Pallia – Moving on together” (originally German: “Pallia – Gemeinsam Gehen”) emerged out of the “#WirVsVirus Hackathon,” initiated by a cooperation of the German government and actors of civil society. Aiming to counter the many challenges the coronavirus poses for society, in only 48 hours and with more than 28.000 participants, the hackathon has delivered many solutions for different categories, such as mental health.
The Pallia team of 14 enthusiastic people, as they describe themselves, has set out to provide an answer for people who are terminally ill and suffering from isolation. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, strict limitations and visiting restrictions generally apply. Therefore, terminally ill people have to spend many hours alone – hours, however, in which they might require comfort and solace the most.
“Pallia – Moving on together” is a digital platform that ensures closeness between patients, their loved ones and professional compassionate companions. Even when it is not physically possible, they can be there for each other – over secure, barrier-free and intuitive video-telephony. “As corona crisis has brought up the need to digitise terminal care, we are ready to rise to the challenge,” says Juliane Koch, who has been part of the team since it’s hackathon beginnings.
“#WirVsVirus hackathon” video pitch
Today the project is part of the “#WirvsVirus Solution Enabler” programme by the social acceleration platform “Project Together” and working in high-speed to develop their prototype, as well as building up the first German nation-wide database of terminal care workers.
About the “#WirVsVirus Solution Enabler” programme
The “#WirVsVirus Solution Enabler” is a six-months implementation programme for 130 selected innovative solutions developed for coronavirus-related challenges. As one of its funding partners supported by the Vodafone Institute with start-up funding, know-how and digital expertise, the projects from 12 action fields, such as health, everyday life and crisis management, are encouraged to implement their solutions on a broad scale successfully. The programme under the patronage of the Federal Chancellery has started working with the projects on April 8th of 2020. Find further information here.