Doctors Worldwide

COVID-19 Emergency Response


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. 

Four Checklists to Prepare & Respond to COVID:

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:

Checklist 1 – Prepare: Logistically

Checklist 2 – Prepare: Medically

Checklist 3 – Prepare: Infection Prevention, Control & PPE

Checklist 4 – Prepare: Your Community

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.


  • 100% of checklist users have strongly agreed or highly agreed that the checklists were easy to read, easy to navigate and the resource translated well into their setting.
  • 100% of checklist users felt the checklists were strongly or highly implementable in their settings.
  • More than 300 downloads to date with a minimum 123,000 people from clinics to camp so far benefiting.

“Great job! Thank you so much!”

“Great help!”

“I would recommend these checklists, they are useful to use as a baseline to prepare for COVID-19”

“I would recommend the Doctors Worldwide COVID-19 checklists, it is an essential guide on how to prepare for the situation where no one knows what to do when ‘it’ breaks in”

Who can benefit:

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.

The four checklists are freely available from our website

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

Technical Advice & Guidance

We are 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.

Provision of PPE

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.

Support Us

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.

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