May 7, 2021
The end of April brought us to the near-halfway point of the completion of our PGF Cohort E (Postgraduate Fellowship Programme in Refugee & Migrant Health) Programme, and our DICE Cohort B (Doctors Worldwide Improving Care in Health Emergencies) Programme, with a total of 98 participants enrolled across both these projects for 2021. Due to the surge in COVID-19 cases, lockdown restrictions have meant all teaching has transitioned online. Despite these challenges, PGF shadowing, and DICE site visits continue, led for a brief time by Dr Indranil Das, an Emergency Medicine specialist from India who co-facilitated our Triage and Acute Care Module for the PGF project.
Reflecting on our projects, Dr Indranil Das, one of our Emergency Medicine medical experts, said:
“The field visits were extremely fruitful as I was able to impart some practical guidelines to the participants of both DICE and PGF, and did clinical shadowing whilst they were seeing patients…the field activities are a win-win situation as it also gave me the scope to see the arrangements and the admiring work done by IOM in those field hospitals… There is always some scope for improvements [so] I have advised them in specific contexts for the participants.”
With the ease of COVID-19 travel restrictions, we have recently deployed out a medical team including an Obstetrics & Gynaecology Specialist, a HIV & GBV Specialist, a Paediatric Specialist, and an ICU nurse, to lead on teaching sessions, clinical mentorship, and healthcare system strengthening as part of both our DICE & PGF Programmes.
Thanks to our partner IOM in supporting this work.
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