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 Middle Region includes countries in the Middle East: Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey and Yemen.
Our health team in Yemen is sharing COVID-19 case management guidelines and other education guidelines with health facility staff. We have trained 190 frontline workers on COVID-19 case management and prevention methods, and provided 21 health facilities with cleaning materials—including gloves, waterproof overalls and soap—to strengthen infection control. In collaboration with the Ministry of Public Health, we also have trained community health volunteers (CHVs) on how to prevent and treat COVID-19—for example, the team has distributed materials about how to prevent and treat COVID-19 to CHVs for distribution in their communities, as well as to the health facilities that we support in Sana’a, and have created almost 300 WhatsApp groups with community members where they share educational messages on COVID-19 prevention and protection. The team in Yemen is working on several funding opportunities relating to COVID-19, intending to expand services as needed. Despite the global shortage of protective equipment, our team in Yemen has been able to source and distribute 637,228 PPE and IPC items—including masks, gloves, gowns, sanitizers and soap—to health facilities, health workers and other staff members.