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 psychosocial support. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the country team has integrated COVID-19 awareness into its programming. Since we began our COVID response, we have reached 905,261 people with awareness messaging, and 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 3,096 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.

 

Pakistan

Since March 2020, International Medical Corps has provided information to 60,573 community residents in our areas of operation about the symptoms and treatment of COVID-19, as well as how to protect against infection. We have also screened 17,695 patients for COVID-19. Our female doctors and health workers have continued 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 gender-based violence (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 222 clients (94 women and 128 men) through 295 sessions, including psychological first aid 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 38 capacity-building 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 13 sessions for healthcare providers, 12 sessions for outreach workers and 13 sessions focused on remote psychological first aid, training 724 participants (509 men and 215 women).


World Health Worker Week in Pakistan.

 

Philippines

International Medical Corps began COVID-19-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, including surgical masks, gowns and goggles to the Manila Health Department, Paliparan Health Center III in Dasmarinas (Cavite), San Lazaro Hospital (Manila) and Southern Philippines Medical Center (Davao). We also provided transportation support to Santa Ana Hospital, Manila Health Department and East Avenue Medical Center for their health staff. To support government efforts to reduce transmission of COVID-19, 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. We have reached 30,840 people with COVID-19 awareness-raising activities through traditional and remote messaging. 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. We continue to train government frontline workers and community health workers, focusing on IPC in home and community settings. We have trained 239 health workers and community members from Cavite, Manila, Rizal and Albay in infection prevention and control (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 630 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 all of these health facilities, as well as four health facilities in Rizal and Albay provinces, with hand-sanitizer dispensers. We also distributed 313 liters of isopropyl alcohol, and 855 kilograms of WASH and environmental health consumables.


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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