CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
Response in Asia

 

Afghanistan

International Medical Corps continues to implement programs in 14 of the country’s 34 provinces, with a focus on gender-based violence (GBV) prevention and response, and on psychosocial support. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the country team has integrated COVID-19 awareness into its programming, has reached more than 1 million people with awareness messaging, and has trained 422 community health workers and 160 community hygiene promoters, who in turn have provided information on COVID-19 symptoms and infection protection and control (IPC) measures to people in their communities. Through our telehealth hotline, we have provided COVID-related information to 4,275 people. Hotline staff members work in eight-hour shifts to provide 24/7 service to the community.


A COVID-19 awareness session in Nangahar Province.

 

India

In response to the current surge of COVID-19 in India, International Medical Corps is working with in-country partners, following our time-proven model of providing resources that will strengthen existing—but overwhelmed—healthcare infrastructure.

With our partners, we are providing medical supplies (including much needed medical-grade oxygen and oxygen generators), personal protective equipment (PPE), sanitation and hygiene supplies, and isolation facilities. We also are addressing vaccine misinformation and concerns surrounding vaccine hesitancy—key not only to addressing this surge, but any future surges.

We will update this section as the situation develops. Find out more about our efforts on our India COVID-19 Alert page.

 

Pakistan

Since March 2020, International Medical Corps has provided information to 66,974 community residents in our areas of operation about the symptoms and treatment of COVID-19, as well as how to protect against infection. We also have screened 17,695 patients for COVID-19. Our female doctors and health workers continue to offer essential sexual and reproductive healthcare in five public healthcare facilities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province to women and girls needing urgent care, and our psychosocial counselors and GBV case managers located in Haripur, Lower Dir and Mansehra districts continue to provide both mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) and GBV case management and referral services to those in dire need, as cases of MHPSS and GBV have been increasing during the pandemic. We have provided support to 771 people through 1,143 counseling sessions, including psychological first aid (PFA) and telephone counseling. Working with a consortium of partners, International Medical Corps is implementing “Improving National Capacity to Respond to COVID-19 Pandemic in Pakistan (Cap-COVID),” under which we have conducted 50 training sessions on COVID-19 for healthcare providers, multi-disciplinary responders and staff from our partner organizations in Sindh, Balochistan, Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces. We have conducted 16 sessions for healthcare providers, 15 sessions for outreach workers and 19 sessions focused on remote PFA, training 961 participants. In June, four training sessions on remote PFA were provided to staff of partner organizations of the Pakistan Humanitarian Forum (PHF).


World Health Worker Week in Pakistan.

 

Philippines

International Medical Corps began COVID-related work in early March 2020, when our team first supported the Manila Health Department’s 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 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 5,770,339 PPE items to the Manila Health Department, Paliparan Health Center III in Dasmarinas (Cavite), San Lazaro Hospital (Manila) and Southern Philippines Medical Center (Davao). We also have provided transportation support to Santa Ana Hospital, Manila Health Department and East Avenue Medical Center for their health staff. We provided 6,050 households in Manila, Quezon City, Cavite, Rizal and Albay, and three municipalities in Eastern Visayas, with washable masks, isopropyl alcohol and laundry soap, as well as information on how to prevent COVID-19, and reached 35,165 people with COVID-19 awareness-raising activities through traditional and remote messaging. We distributed 500 hygiene kits with COVID-19 information and washable face masks to those affected by the eruption of Taal Volcano in Taal, Batangas, about 50 miles south of Manila. We have trained 265 health workers and community members from Cavite, Manila, Rizal and Albay in IPC. Our team also provided expanded hygiene kits (which include washable facemasks, alcohol and educational materials on COVID-19, in addition to standard hygiene items) to 1,535 households affected by Super Typhoon Goni and Typhoon Vamco in Rizal and Albay provinces. We also installed handwashing facilities in 17 health facilities in Manila and Dasmarinas (Cavite), and provided 22 alcohol dispensers, along with temperature scanners, in 30 health facilities in Manila, Dasmarinas, Rizal and Albay provinces, where we also distributed 2,095 liters of isopropyl alcohol, and 1,260 kilograms of WASH and environmental health consumables. We provided four tents to Pagamutan ng Dasmarinas (Cavite), and one ambulance stretcher, six tables and two drinking-water dispensers to Santa Ana Hospital in Manila. We distributed alcohol dispensers with temperature scanners to three villages in Manila and 200 COVID-19 kits to vendors, delivery drivers and public utility drivers. We provided logistics support (extension cables, isopropyl alcohol and a drinking-water dispenser) and data encoders to the city of Manila’s vaccination teams, and we are conducting a vaccine hesitancy survey there.


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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