CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
Response in Asia

 

Afghanistan

International Medical Corps continues to implement programs in 12 of the country’s 34 provinces, with a focus on gender-based violence (GBV) prevention and response, and the dangers of COVID-19. During the first two weeks of October, our team trained 12,650 people on hygiene awareness and other COVID-related issues, and provided 1,879 families with hygiene kits. We also trained 219 community health workers (CHWs) on the symptoms of COVID-19 and on infection protection and control (IPC) measures. In addition, we trained 160 community hygiene promoters in hygiene awareness and other IPC steps. To mitigate the dangers of COVID-19 infection, we continue to distribute soap free of charge in communities that we serve, and spread awareness of other IPC measures. We collaborate and coordinate with external groups specializing in GBV issues, discussing how best to ensure that the special needs of GBV survivors and other vulnerable female groups—such as elderly and disabled women, often confined during the pandemic to unusually tight living conditions—are included in the wider response to GBV amid the challenges presented by COVID-19. Measures we are taking to minimize the risk of infection include schooling far-smaller groups, maintaining social distancing during sessions and ensuring access to handwashing for all participants at all meeting points arranged by our mobile teams. In Balkh and Faryab provinces, we are using hygiene promoters who provide basic information on COVID-19, including its symptoms, how the virus is spread, who is most at risk and how its transmission can be slowed or prevented altogether.


A COVID-19 awareness session in Nangahar Province.

 

Pakistan

During the first two weeks in October, International Medical Corps engaged 5,489 community residents in discussions on the symptoms and treatment of COVID-19, as well as on measures to protect against infection in our areas of operation. We also screened 886 patients for COVID-19. During the same period, we conducted a one-day training session on COVID-19 awareness for 17 healthcare providers in Baluchistan province, following an earlier session carried out for 19 healthcare providers in Baluchistan. We plan additional training sessions for government healthcare providers in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh provinces, under the terms of a technical support memorandum of understanding (MOU) we have with Concern Worldwide to strengthen the technical capacity of medical and non-medical staff engaged in COVID-19 response activities.


World Health Worker Week in Pakistan.

 

Philippines

International Medical Corps began work related to COVID-19 in early March, when our team first supported Manila Health Department efforts to protect the central city area’s 1.8 million people from the virus. Since then, our team has provided a training-of-trainers course for health facility management staff on emerging infectious diseases, and installed triage tents where clinicians can screen for COVID-19 symptoms all who enter and exit Manila’s Santa Ana Hospital—the city’s designated infectious disease center. To help protect healthcare workers, we have provided full sets of personal protective equipment (PPE) and more than 500,000 separate PPE items, including surgical masks, gowns and goggles. We provided transportation support, as well as PPE, to the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) team at the Manila Health Department, which used the assets to provide immunization for measles and other communicable diseases, as well as other MCH services at the community level. We provided PPE to the Southern Philippines Medical Center in Davao City, following reports of COVID-19 infections among staff working there. To support government efforts to reduce transmission of COVID-19, we have distributed hundreds of washable masks, isopropyl alcohol and laundry soap, as well as information on how to prevent COVID-19, to residents of Manila and Quezon City. We distributed 200 hygiene kits with COVID-19 information and washable face masks to those affected by a volcano eruption near the city of Taal, about 50 miles south of Manila. We have also provided 400 pounds of disinfectant and two sprayers to the Paliparan Health Center in Dasmarinas, about 20 miles south of Manila, to help disinfect the homes of suspected COVID-19 patients. Additionally, we donated 400 KN95 masks and 40 sets of PPE to San Lazaro Hospital in Manila for use by its health workers.


Emergency Response Training on the proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE).


International Medical Corps’ donation of 10 cot beds for patient use and 20 electric fans for health care workers use.

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