Created by Alexander Ryu and Annie Ruy, My Zoo Pets is a finalist for Echoing Green's very competitive annual fellowship award this year. The social business was located under the health and health care category for the fellowship award finalists that were announced in April 2013. Here is how Echoing Green described the mission and practice of My Zoo Pets: "Advance health outcomes for children managing chronic diseases by designing multi-platform virtual pet games that encourage responsible behaviors and self management skills among patients." Their website is still in development so check back for updates and more information on the process.
This is part of many similar virtual health platforms as in a neoliberal era, health management is increasingly put back on the patient themselves as a way to approach healing.
My Zoo Pets website
My Zoo Pets on Facebook
Children's Disease Management Games
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