To increase efficiency of operations and speed of response, as well as deliver more effective programs and services for the communities we serve, International Medical Corps organizes its international programs by regions, with each region supported by an interdisciplinary team. The East Region includes countries in north and east Africa, Asia and Europe: Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Libya, Pakistan, Philippines, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Ukraine.
International Medical Corps is continuing to provide MHPSS-related training and counseling services in Ukraine, both directly and in coordination with local partners, through remote means that include telephone and online groups. The team also has delivered printed booklets to its different field sites, enabling those without tablets and smartphones—including older people, who are more vulnerable to the virus—to participate. International Medical Corps and the MHPSS Technical Working group also participated in the translation to Ukrainian of How Kids Can Fight COVID-19, a story book for children published by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee. We have launched a health program aimed at equipping 10 healthcare clinics with handwashing stations, IPC training and hygiene promotion for the communities accessing the health centers. We are also working with health facility cleaners to improve their understanding of how to mitigate the spread of disease.