International Medical Corps began work related to COVID-19 in early March, when our team first supported Manila Health Department efforts to protect the central city area’s 1.8 million people from the virus. Since March, our team has also provided a training-of-trainers course for health facility management staff on emerging infectious diseases, and installed triage tents where clinicians can screen for COVID-19 symptoms all who enter and exit Manila’s large Santa Ana Hospital—the city’s designated infectious disease center. To help protect healthcare workers, we have provided full sets of PPE as well as more than 500,000 separate PPE items, including surgical masks, gowns and goggles. We provided transportation for staff and patients at Santa Ana during the government-declared a stay-at-home order that was in force between March 15 and June 15. We also provided transportation support, as well as PPE, to the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) team of Manila Health Department, which used the assets to provide immunization for measles and other communicable diseases, as well as other MCH services at the community level. We 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 distributed hundreds of washable masks, isopropyl alcohol and laundry soap, as well as information, education and communication material on how to prevent COVID-19, to Manila residents. We plan to expand this distribution to Quezon City and other locations in the next three weeks. Elsewhere, we distributed 200 hygiene kits with COVID-19 IEC materials and washable face masks to those affected by a volcano eruption near the city of Taal, about 50 miles south of Manila. We also provided 200 pounds of disinfectant and a sprayer to the Paliparan Health Center in the city of Dasmarinas, about 20 miles south of Manila, to help disinfect the homes of suspected COVID-19 patients.
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.