Your generous donations to the Life Saving Fund fund encompasses all of our current Doctors Worldwide projects in providing quality healthcare to the most disadvantaged communities across the countries that we operate in today.
As the world faces its first pandemic in living memory, it is the most vulnerable communities with little or no access to healthcare who will face the greatest consequences and lives lost. Many local and grassroot organisations dealing with this crisis, especially those that are not led by medical experts, are struggling to practically translate and filter out the wealth of information available, often full of medical or technical terms. Urgent efforts to mobilise learning and resources for infection prevention and control [IPC], the provision of personal protective equipment [PPE] to frontline health workers, as well as concentrated efforts on community awareness campaigns, will provide the greatest first line of defence against COVID-19 and save lives.
Since the start of the pandemic, Doctors Worldwide has been working with several countries and healthcare organisations around the world providing technical guidance, support and PPE, particularly in low-resourced settings.
Using 19 years of medical expertise and drawing on information and resources from around the world, four checklists were put together by Doctors Worldwide in March 2020 to provide a starting point for local health projects, NGOs and health facilities in low-resourced settings who are preparing for COVID-19:
The checklists are designed for use by the entire team within a health facility or programme setting. This is to ensure a comprehensive understanding across all staff, whether clinical or management, of all the preparation steps as they respond to an outbreak. The four comprehensive checklists have been developed for local organisations, health projects, local community groups and health facilities that operate in low-resource and humanitarian settings.
We also offer training and remote mentoring on the topics covered in the checklists. To find out more or to get in touch, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
In March 2020, Doctors Worldwide quickly mobilised resources to ensure frontline healthcare workers in countries like Pakistan, Malawi and other places were protected and ready for COVID-19 patients. We continue to provide essential healthcare support including medication and salaries for medical staff in both low-resource settings and refugee camps such as in Greece during the COVID-19 crisis.
We are also working to support the development of SARI facilities for COVID-19 patients in low-resourced settings. Our activities include developing clinical case management flowcharts for patients with comorbidities and COVID-19, providing training opportunities for doctors and nurses on our four checklists, providing opportunities for case-based discussion learning for medical staff, and supporting local organisations and Health Ministries with ongoing advice for COVID-19 preparedness and response.
In the absence of a vaccine, humanitarian organisations have a collective responsibility to urgently prepare the local communities, partners and organisations who make up to 90% of first responders in any worldwide crisis. We cannot do this without the support of your donation. Every penny counts, donate to Doctors Worldwide today so that we can continue to provide medical care to the most vulnerable.