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GNU Solidario
FormationNovember 23, 2009; 14 years ago (2009-11-23)
Typenon-profit organization
Legal statusFoundation
HeadquartersLas Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain
Region served
Private individuals and corporate patrons
Luis Falcón

GNU Solidario is a non-profit organization that was founded by Luis Falcón on 23 November 2009 to promote the use of Free Software in the context of public health and education. Currently it is focused on Social Medicine and Animal Rights[1]


GNU Solidario's origins are in Argentina, with Free Software projects in the area of education in rural schools. The first mission was on 6 October 2006, in schools from Santiago del Estero.[2] The project at that time was called Linux Solidario.

That event led Luis Falcón to focus on social medicine and public health, and work with professionals and governments to improve the lives of the underprivileged. In October 2009, the organization was officially registered in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, where it currently holds its headquarters.

In 2010, GNU Solidario celebrates the first edition of the International Workshop on eHealth in Emerging Economies - IWEEE -. Since then, IWEEE has been a meeting point for multilateral and humanitarian organizations such as Red Cross, World Health Organization, Médecins Sans Frontières, War Child, United Nations University or Caritas Internationalis, as well as for universities around the world.

Current projects and activities[edit]

International Workshop on eHealth in Emerging Economies[edit]

IWEEE 2012, Granada

IWEEE, the International Workshop on e-Health in Emerging Economies, is an annual conference for Free Software in the fields of Healthcare and Social Medicine. The workshop promotes Free Software as an effective and ethical solution to provide universality and equity in healthcare.

The International Workshop on e-Health in Emerging Economies is a stand-alone conference, that sometimes is held in the context of other events. In 2010 and 2011, the event was biannual. Since 2012, it has become an annual conference.

Year / Link Place Context
2010 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain IWEEE
2010 Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil Latinoware
2011 Luxembourg City, Luxembourg Medetel
2011 Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil Latinoware
2012 Granada, Spain IWEEE
2013 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain IWEEE
2014 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain IWEEE
2015 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain IWEEE
2016 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain GNUHealthCon
2017 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain GNUHealthCon
2018 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain GNUHealthCon
2019 Liège, Belgium GNUHealthCon / OrthanCon
2020 Online conference GNUHealthCon
2021 Online conference GNUHealthCon
2022 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain GNUHealthCon / OrthanCon


GNUHealthCon is an annual 2-day conference that brings together enthusiasts and developers of the Free/Libre Health & Hospital Information System, holding thematic sessions and free workshops.

Social Medicine Awards[edit]

Richard Stallman receiving Social Medicine Award from GNU Solidario

The Social Medicine awards ceremony is part of GNUHealthCon, organized by GNU Solidario. The awards recognize the role of individuals and organizations committed to improving the lives of the underprivileged. There are three categories: Individual, Organization and GNU Health implementation. The Social Medicine Awards [3]

GNU Health Social Medicine Awards[4]

Year Individual Organization GNU Health Implementation
2016 Richard Stallman Red Cross Laos Center of Medical Rehabilitation (CMR)[5]
2017 Lorena Enebral[6] National University of Entre Ríos Bikop Medical Center[4][7]
2018 Jose Caminero Luna Tor Project Bafia District Hospital
2019 Aaron Swartz Animal Free Research UK Jamaica Ministry of Health
2020 Angela Davis Proactiva Open Arms Municipality of Diamante, Argentina [8]
2021 Luna Reyes Segura[9] Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine Insolàfrica [10]
2022 Teresita Guadalupe Calzia[11] Franz Weber Foundation Cirugía Solidaria [12]

GNU Health[edit]

GNU Health is a free software hospital information system[13] with strong focus on public health and social medicine. Its functionality includes management of electronic health records and laboratory information management system functionality.

GNU Health has been adopted by the United Nations University.[14] In 2011, it became a GNU official package. It was awarded Best Project of Social Benefit from the Free Software Foundation at LibrePlanet 2012, at University of Massachusetts Boston[15]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "GNU Solidario - Advancing Social Medicine". GNU Solidario.
  2. ^ "Instalación de Debian GNU/Linux en Escuelas de Santiago del Estero". GNU Solidario.
  3. ^ "GNUHealthCON 2017 - II International GNU Health Conference".
  4. ^ a b "GNUHealthCON 2017 - II International GNU Health Conference". www.gnuhealthcon.org.
  5. ^ "COPE - provider of prosthetic, orthotic and rehabilitation services in Laos". Archived from the original on 2016-11-27. Retrieved 2016-11-27.
  6. ^ Mashal, Mujib (September 11, 2017). "She Was Teaching Him to Walk. He Shot Her From His Wheelchair". The New York Times.
  7. ^ "Premio GNU - Social Medicine Award (2017)". November 25, 2017.
  8. ^ "GNU Health Social Medicine Awards 2020". November 21, 2020.
  9. ^ Kassam, Ashifa (May 20, 2021). "Spanish aid volunteer abused online for hugging Senegalese migrant". The Guardian.
  10. ^ "GNU Health Social Medicine Awards 2021". December 11, 2021.
  11. ^ "GNU Health Planet - Social Medicine Awards". November 18, 2022.
  12. ^ "Medical Campaign uses GNU Health, openSUSE". October 19, 2022.
  13. ^ Ardis Hanson and Bruce Lubotsky Levin (2012). Mental Health Informatics. Oxford University Press. pp. 244 - 245
  14. ^ "Memorandums of Understanding - International Institute for Global Health". Archived from the original on 2018-05-04. Retrieved 2018-05-04.
  15. ^ "2011 Free Software Awards announced". Free Software Foundation. 26 March 2012.