Queen Máxima attended a virtual meeting with Amsterdam UMC. During the meeting Máxima was updated by doctors and scientists about the most recent developments in COVID-19 research. Discussions include the collaboration between the various University Medical Centers in the field of medical research.
Since the outbreak of the coronavirus, hundreds of (joint) studies have been started to gain more insight into the virus, the course of the disease, the best treatments and the development of therapies and vaccines.
The collaboration between the University Medical Centers has resulted in much more knowledge about a virus that was previously unknown within a year. Queen Máxima then talked to various scientists about promising scientific research in the field of infectious diseases, virology and mental health and the interaction between research and clinical practice. Finally, Queen Máxima had a discussion with stakeholders about studies that are aimed at the social consequences of the corona pandemic on the Dutch population. Special attention was paid to scientific research aimed at the elderly, people with a migration background, low-literate people and vulnerable population groups such as the homeless.
Later on, Queen Máxima had a meeting with Rooms with Attention via video. Rooms with Attention is charity that helps young people between 18 and 23 years old to learn to stand on their own feet without a social safety net. Young people who cannot continue to live at home, but who also do not have a social safety net, money or practical skills, can qualify for housing with the help of the Rooms with Attention Foundation.
In this way they can put their energy into a training or job instead of the daily question of where to spend the night. Rooms with Attention links individuals who want to rent out a room in their own home at a reasonable price to these vulnerable young people. The young person is also professionally supervised by a social worker who visits once a week. Through this controlled and safe introduction to independent living, the young people succeed in building a stable future.
Rooms with Attention was started in 2019 as a collaboration initiative between (youth) care organizations and the municipality of Utrecht to reduce the number of homeless young people. The foundation takes care of the recruitment and selection and links with municipalities, housing corporations and organizations to build a strong regional network.