The Sakunwari board game is one of the outputs of UPRI’s Woke4COVID Project.

Woke4COVID Project aims to raise awareness, enhance disaster risk management, and help Filipinos arrive at informed and science-based decisions in dealing with COVID-19 and other disaster risks through the development of information, education, advocacy and training materials in multiple media, and in different languages.

The recent “Stop Covid Deaths” webinar on Covid-19 organized by the University of the Philippines together with UP Manila NIH National Telehealth Center and UP-Philippine General Hospital, featured a number of international speakers led by Dr. Martin Hibberd, a Professor on Emerging Infectious Diseases Department of Pathogen Molecular Biology of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine to talk about this new subvariant.

The Philippine Genome Center Visayas (PGC Visayas), in coordination with Western Visayas Medical Center Sub-National Laboratory (WVMC-SNL) and the Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (RESU) of the Department of Health Western Visayas Center for Health Development, successfully sequences its first samples for SARS-CoV-2 biosurveillance using Next Generation Sequencing technology. 

The UP Resilience Institute (UPRI) recently launched a board game called Sakunwari, a multi-lingual, tabletop and role-playing game set in a time of complex disasters, reflecting current issues we face today like climate change and the ongoing pandemic.

According to Dr. Kristoffer Berse, UP Associate Professor and UPRI’s director for Research and Creative Work, who led the development of the game, Sakunwari was developed as part of the UP COVID-19 Pandemic Response Team’s WOKE4COVID project.