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AUDIO: As COVID-19 continues to overwhelm healthcare services globally,
VISUAL: Image of the COVID-19 virus and its spread across the world map.
AUDIO: a UK-Indica collaboration has stepped in to provide frontline staff in India with some much-needed support.
VISUAL: image of workers in personal protective equipment and working in a lab.
AUDIO: Meet SEVILI, the caretaker robot helping to save lives.
VISUAL: Image of the robot SEVILI
AUDIO: Originally designed to help the elderly with their daily activities the robot is now helping frontline health workers to treat and interact with COVID-19 patients.
VISUAL: image of the robot SEVILI going into a patient room and a doctor seeing the patient through a mobile app.
AUDIO: When the pandemic hit,
VISUAL: image of bus sign noting essential travel only.
AUDIO: the SEVILI project team decided to pivot their innovation
VISUAL: image of the SEVILI research team next to the robot.
AUDIO: to reduce health workers' exposure to COVID-19 and the risk of transmitting the disease to others.
VISUAL: image of the robot travelling around a hospital.
AUDIO: "It's a great experience that we have learned and designed for emergency in the pandemic situation. Thanks to Academy."
VISUAL: Professor D. Dinakaran speaking. Caption: Professor D. Dinakaran - Head at Centre for Automation and Robotics, Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science, Chennai
AUDIO: SEVILI is operated from outside the hospital ward using a joystick and mobile app.
VISUAL: doctor demonstrating the video on the robot and app.
AUDIO: The robot runs on rechargeable batteries, making it affordable,
VISUAL: image of the batteries.
AUDIO: And comes with the added benefit of understanding local languages making it easier for medics and patients to interact.
VISUAL: Staff watching the robot in the hospital.
AUDIO: Currently, there are 8 SEVILI present in 2 hospitals across Tamil Nadu.
VISUAL: Image of Rajiv Gandi Government General Hospital. Caption: Rajiv Gandi Government General Hospital. Image of Chengalpattu Government Medical College. Caption: Chengalpattu Government Medical College
AUDIO: With each robot capable of handling 50 patients at a time.
VISUAL: SEVILI Robots moving around.
AUDIO: Meaning, it can reduce the health worker-patient physical interaction by up-to 60%.
VISUAL: SEVILI in a patient room with doctors stood back.
AUDIO: Owing to the potential and success of SEVILI
VISUAL: image of the SEVILI information document.
AUDIO: Renault Nissan Technology Business Centre
VISUAL: Hindustan Institute of Science and Technology logo and Renault Nissan Technology Business Centre logo
AUDIO: Is supporting the manufacturing of SEVILI.
VISUAL: image of SEVILI in development.
AUDIO: The team are discussing a potential collaboration with
VISUAL: picture of the project team.
AUDIO: the National Institute for Empowering People with Multiple Disabilities (NIEPMD) to develop assistive devices.
VISUAL: image of NIEPMD.
AUDIO: "The experience gained through the Royal Academy funded project helped us developing the SEVILI robot within a short span of time."
VISUAL: Professor M. M. Ramya speaking. Caption: Professor M. M. Ramya - Professor at Centre for Automation and Rol, Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science, Chennai
AUDIO: The project was supported through the Industry-Academia Partnership Programme,
VISUAL: Image of the project team and healthcare staff.
AUDIO: delivered by the Royal Academy of Engineering, UK and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry.
VISUAL: Image of Royal Academy of Engineering. Caption: Royal Academy of Engineering, UK. Image of Federation House. Caption: Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry.
AUDIO: This project is one of the many meaningful initiatives under the Newton-Bhabha partnership
VISUAL: Newspaper article about SEVILI
AUDIO: which work towards solving global challenges through combined efforts of the UK and India's world class research and innovative capabilities.
VISUAL: SEVILI robot images.
VISUAL: Logos from: Newton-Bhabha Fund, Royal Academy of Engineering, FICCI, Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science, AXIS global automation, Renault Nissan Mitsubishi, NIEPMD, University of Leeds
VISUAL: Caption: Newton Fund in Action
AUDIO: The "Conservation of native seeds of useful trees in Mexico
VISUAL: Seeds being sorted
AUDIO: to conserve its natural capital"
VISUAL: Aerial view of forest in Mexico.
AUDIO: is a collaborative project between the UK and Mexico funded by the Newton Fund, through the collaboration between Kew Gardens, UNAM and the NGO Pronatura Veracruz A.C. The main objective is to maintain the natural capital of the forests,
VISUAL: Tiziana Ulian speaking. Caption: Dra. Tiziana Ulian, Senior Research Leader of Diversity and Livelihoods, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK
AUDIO: through the conservation and research of seeds of useful native trees.
VISUAL: Lab work
AUDIO: The project takes place in Veracruz
VISUAL: Animated map pointing to Veracruz
AUDIO: one of the states with more biodiversity in trees in Mexico, but at the same time highly threatened by the destruction of natural habitats. We have identified and located populations of the trees
VISUAL: Patricia Dávila speaking. Caption: Dra. Patricia Dávilia, Coordinadora general de estudios de posgrado unam, México
AUDIO: of greatest interest to local communities
VISUAL: Camera pans across forest scenery.
AUDIO: and fieldwork has been organised to collect their seeds and/or mature fruits
VISUAL: Patricia Dávila speaking.
AUDIO: With this, seeds of more than 80 species have been collected, 73 of which are conserved in the seed bank of the Fes-I UNAM
VISUAL: Elena Castillo-Lorenzo speaking. Caption: Dra. Elena Castillo-Lorenzo, Coordinadora de Proyectos en Latinoamérica Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, UK
AUDIO: and will be duplicated in the Millennium Seed Bank in the United Kingdom,
VISUAL: Footage of Millenium Seed Bank
AUDIO: to ensure their long-term conservation.
VISUAL: Scientists from Kew Gardens working in a lab
AUDIO: About 20 species have been propagated in Pronatura Veracruz nurseries to support different tree planting initiatives and reforestation programmes in the region
VISUAL: Elena Castillo-Lorenzo speaking,
AUDIO: The great diversity of landowners, such as coffee farmers, cattle ranchers or people who want to help conserve the jungles and forests
VISUAL: Elisa Peresbarbosa Rojas speaking. Caption: M.C. Elisa Peresbarbosa Rojas, Directora General, Pronatura Veracruz A.C.
AUDIO: They participate by planting native trees on their land. In this way, the communities benefit in the short term from the results and in the long term from food and economic benefits.
VISUAL: Images of the following species of seed: Red Cedar, Erythrinas, Robles, Encinos, Annonas, Ingas, Ceibas, Nacaxtles, Ramones. Caption: Species such as Red Cedar, Erythrinas, Robles, Encinos, Annonas, Ingas, Ceibas, Nacaxtles, Ramones and many more, are of great importance to the communities for the use of their wood, fruits, medicinal elements, food and melliferous.
AUDIO: In addition, the project contributes to conserving and maintaining biodiversity, as well as adapting and becoming more resilient to climate change
VISUAL: Eliza Peresbarbosa Rojas speaking
VISUAL: British Embassy Mexico logo and Newton Fund logo