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.
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.