International Medical Corps began COVID-19-related work in early March 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 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 team at the Manila Health Department, and 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, Quezon City, Dasmarinas, Rodriguez and Tiwi. We also 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. Additionally, we donated 400 KN95 masks and 40 sets of PPE to San Lazaro Hospital in Manila. We also supported the city of Dasmarinas, in Cavite province, in its COVID-19 emergency response, providing 400 pounds of disinfectant and two sprayers to the Paliparan Health Center to help disinfect the homes of suspected COVID-19 patients. We continue to train government frontline workers and community health workers, focusing on IPC in home and community settings. We have so far trained 114 health workers from Cavite and Manila in infection prevention and control (IPC). We also have distributed COVID-19 hygiene kits (alcohol, washable cloth masks, soap and informational materials) to 1,278 households in Eastern Visayas. 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 492 households affected by Super Typhoon Goni and Typhoon Vamco in Rodriguez, Tiwi and Guinobatan. We also installed handwashing facilities in six health facilities in Manila, and distributed 18 hand-sanitizer dispensers (13 with temperature scanners) to 15 health centers and one district health office, including 149 liters of isopropyl alcohol.
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.