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.