COVID-19: Response in Europe
International Medical Corps is continuing to provide MHPSS-related training and counselling services in Ukraine, both directly and in coordination with local partners, through remote means that include telephone and online groups. The team also has delivered printed booklets to its different field sites, enabling those without tablets and smartphones—including older people, who are more vulnerable to the virus—to participate. International Medical Corps and the MHPSS Technical Working group also participated in the translation to Ukrainian of How Kids Can Fight COVID-19, a storybook for children published by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee. International Medical Corps has signed an MoU with the Donetsk Ministry of Health to implement a health program that will serve 12 health facilities—11 primary-care health centres and one long-term care home. International Medical Corps will equip each with handwashing stations, hygiene kits and disinfectants. We will also provide infection prevention and control (IPC) training for health workers who staff these facilities. In addition, we plan to promote hygiene for all communities in these localities through community outreach workers. We are currently in discussions with Ukraine’s Ministry of Health to address added COVID-related demand for mental health and psychosocial support services.