COVID-19: Response in Asia
International Medical Corps continues to provide primary healthcare services and training throughout the country. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the country team has integrated COVID-19 awareness into its programming, has reached more than 1 million people with awareness messaging, and has 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 4,642 people. Hotline staff members work in eight-hour shifts to provide 24/7 service to the community.
In response to the current surge of COVID-19 in India, International Medical Corps is working with in-country partners, following our time-proven model of providing resources that will strengthen existing—but overwhelmed—healthcare infrastructure.
With our partners, we are providing medical supplies (including much needed medical-grade oxygen and oxygen generators), personal protective equipment (PPE), sanitation and hygiene supplies, and isolation facilities. We also are addressing vaccine misinformation and concerns surrounding vaccine hesitancy—key not only to addressing this surge, but any future surges.
We will update this section as the situation develops. Find out more about our efforts on our India COVID-19 Alert page.
Since March 2020, International Medical Corps has provided information to 69,004 community residents in our areas of operation about the symptoms and treatment of COVID-19, as well as how to protect against infection. We also have screened 17,695 patients for COVID-19. Our female doctors and health workers continue 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 counsellors and GBV case managers located in Haripur, Lower Dir and Mansehra districts continue to provide both mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) and 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 1,148 people through 1,654 counselling sessions, including psychological first aid (PFA) and telephone counselling. 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 53 training 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 15 sessions for healthcare providers, 15 sessions for outreach workers and 23 sessions focused on remote PFA, training 981 participants. In July, we provided four training sessions on remote PFA to staff of partner organizations of the Pakistan Humanitarian Forum (PHF).
International Medical Corps began COVID-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 centre. To date, we have reached 35,445 people with COVID-19 awareness-raising activities through traditional and remote messaging. We have also distributed more than 5.8 million PPE items to health facilities and communities in Manila, Cavite, Rizal, Batangas, Laguna, Albay, Eastern Samar, Western Samar, Biliran, Davao and Quezon City. Our team provided logistical support to Santa Ana Hospital, Ospital ng Sampaloc, Ospital ng Dasmarinas, Ospital ng Binan and Manila COVID-19 Field Hospital. Among other items, we provided tents and donated 10 hospital beds, 14 oxygen tanks, 25 oxygen regulators, 40 pulse oximeters, 340 oxygen cannula and 200 non-rebreathing masks. In addition, our team installed handwashing facilities in 18 health facilities in Manila and Dasmarinas (Cavite). We also donated water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and environmental health consumables to health facilities and communities, including 552 litres of isopropyl alcohol. In addition, we distributed 100 patient care kits (including 50 medical masks, 100 gloves, one digital thermometer, one bar of bath soap, two bars of laundry soap and one trash bag), and 216 COVID-19 prevention kits (including 25 medical masks, one litre of isopropyl alcohol and IEC materials) to vendors, drivers, cleaners and security guards.