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.