CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
Response in Asia

 

Afghanistan

Operating in 15 provinces, International Medical Corps has since the beginning of the pandemic integrated COVID-19 awareness into its programming. The country team has so far reached more than 1.1 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 prevention and control (IPC) measures to people in their communities. From May through November 2021 and in January 2022, we worked with the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) to support rollout of a COVID-19 vaccination program in the eastern region of Afghanistan. We conducted a vaccine hesitancy survey, supported vaccination efforts in health facilities and raised awareness about COVID-19 vaccinations among target populations. The project has directly reached 73,153 people and indirectly reached more than 375,303 people in Kunar province. In addition, International Medical Corps vaccinators directly administered COVID-19 vaccines to 13,556 people from July 2021 to February 2022.


A COVID-19 awareness session in Nangahar Province.

 

India and Nepal

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, International Medical Corps has been providing resources to strengthen India’s existing—but overwhelmed—healthcare infrastructure. We partnered with three local organizations: Doctors For You (DFY), Sustainable Environment and Ecological Development Society (SEEDS) and VisionSpring. Together, we have enhanced critical-care capacity, strengthened infectious disease preparedness efforts at healthcare facilities and boosted vaccination efforts, particularly in rural areas. Since April 2021, International Medical Corps has provided urgently needed oxygen supplies, PPE, medicines and medical supplies in 17 states, including hotspots in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. We have supported 50 healthcare facilities and delivered 47,000 N95 masks to underserved communities. In addition, we are supporting the efforts of Doctors for You to rollout vaccination campaigns in five states—Bihar, Jammu, Kashmir, Odisha, Manipur and Rajasthan—via nine mobile medical teams. In February 2022, DFY vaccinated more than 25,000 people, more than half of whom were children. The campaign to vaccinate children 15 to 17 years old began in February, and DFY’s mobile medical teams have been deployed to schools to increase vaccine coverage. DFY teams also provided training on how to raise awareness of COVID-19 infection prevention and control (IPC) measures in remote areas of India. Since the beginning of the vaccination rollout in India, International Medical Corps has administered 100,000 doses in the hardest-to-reach areas. In Nepal, our team has delivered ventilators, PPE, oxygen delivery systems and pulse oximeters to two healthcare facilities in Kathmandu Valley, to support preparedness efforts for subsequent spikes in caseloads.

Find out more about our efforts on our India COVID-19 Alert page.

 

Pakistan

Since March 2020, International Medical Corps has provided information to 189,119 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 gender-based violence (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 supported 1,681 people through 2,846 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 63 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 25 sessions for healthcare providers, 15 sessions for outreach workers and 23 sessions focused on remote PFA, training 1,154 participants. In December, we provided one refresher training session on COVID-19 basics to healthcare providers. International Medical Corps also is working with the Medical Emergency Resilience Foundation (MERF) to implement a project to improve COVID-19 vaccination coverage in Peshawar district. During this four-month project, 52,370 people received their first vaccine dose and 33,244 people received their second dose. In addition, we conducted nine training sessions on COVID-19 vaccination protocols, and trained 225 people. We also distributed 96,947 medical equipment items (syringes, thermal guns, vaccine carriers, cold boxes and safety boxes) to support the government’s COVID-19 vaccination efforts.


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 date, we have reached 36,069 people with COVID-19 awareness-raising activities through traditional and remote messaging. We have also distributed more than 5.8 million PPE items to health facilities and communities in Manila, Cavite, Rizal, Batangas, Laguna, Albay, Eastern Samar, Western Samar, Biliran, Davao and Quezon City. Our team provided logistical support to Santa Ana Hospital, Ospital ng Sampaloc, Ospital ng Dasmarinas, Ospital ng Binan and Manila COVID-19 Field Hospital. Among other items, we provided tents and donated 10 hospital beds, 25 oxygen tanks, 29 oxygen regulators, 82 pulse oximeters, 340 oxygen cannula and 200 non-rebreathing masks. We are supporting three local government units in their vaccination campaigns—in the cities of Manila and Malabon, and in the municipality of Angono, Rizal. To date, we have delivered 36,183 COVID-19 vaccine doses. In addition, our team installed handwashing facilities in 18 health facilities in Manila and Dasmarinas (Cavite). We also donated water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and environmental health consumables to health facilities and communities, including 4,828 liters of isopropyl alcohol. In addition, we distributed 100 patient care kits (including 50 medical masks, 100 gloves, one digital thermometer, one bar of bath soap, two bars of laundry soap and one trash bag), and 995 COVID-19 prevention kits (each with 25 medical masks, one liter of isopropyl alcohol and IEC materials) to vendors, drivers, cleaners and security guards. We also distributed 2,800 bars of soap. In addition, we distributed gloves, medical gowns and medical masks to two provincial health offices in areas affected by Typhoon Rai.


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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