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Three Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) students, ZHAO Guanlun, TAO Li and ZHANG Yaofeng, under the supervision of Dr. Jogesh K. MUPPALA volunteered their free time to implement an Android App for Médecins Sans Frontières Hong Kong (無國界醫生). The app was designed to help MSF with their awareness raising and fundraising efforts. The app, featuring support for English, Traditional and Simplified Chinese, enables users to access the latest field news, photos and videos of MSF, as well as frontline sharing of MSF field workers. It is available for free from the Google Play store.
MSF is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural disasters and exclusion from healthcare. MSF offers assistance to people based on need and irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation. MSF currently works in around 70 countries.
The students expressed happiness that their time and effort was donated to a worthy cause. "It gives us immense satisfaction that we could use our skills in the service of MSF, a great organization of field workers that is recognized for its selfless service around the world," said Dr. Muppala, "This is our small effort of giving back to the society that showers us with so much support in Hong Kong."
Alan CHEUNG, Web and Social Media Specialist of MSF-Hong Kong, expressed his sincere thanks to the team from HKUST, especially the students, for their dedication. "The MSF Android app brings our supporters to the frontline, and would definitely help MSF reach out to the new generation. It is also the first Android app of MSF worldwide," he said.