Doctors Worldwide

COVID-19 RESPONSE

More than 1 billion people live in extreme poverty. The most vulnerable will be hit hardest by COVID-19

Outline

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. Since the start of the pandemic,we have been working with several countries and healthcare organisations around the world providing technical guidance, support and PPE, particularly in low-resourced settings.

Pandemic Resilience Building

As part of our 2021 COVID-19 response activities, we are focusing on resilience building through training, telemedicine, peer support for healthcare workers, as well as small scale infrastructure support where needed.

We are supporting healthcare organisations and practitioners in low resource settings by delivering a series of COVID-19 webinars, participating in Telemedicine support, offering peer support through a dedicated WhatsApp group, and providing simple, easy to apply COVID-19 patient management flow charts designed for low resource settings. Our webinars have been providing support globally to healthcare workers, including participation from Nepal, Bangladesh, Philippines, and Ethiopia.

Webinar Educational themes consist of, but are not limited to:

  • Public Health & Social Measures & COVID-19
  • Patient education, red flags, and triage & COVID-19
  • Mental Health & COVID-19
  • Primary Care Clinical Management of COVID-19
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Education, Uptake and Community Engagement
  • Maternal Health & COVID-19
  • High risk groups & COVID-19
  • DWW COVID-19 checklists training

 

Please see our Webinar webpage here for more information and to register here

We are also providing the following support to healthcare partners:

Support and mentorship consists of:

  • Supporting frontline workers in low-resource settings in Whatsapp groups (or other similar platform)
  • Zoom conference calls for questions and advice in managing COVID-19 response
  • One-to-one clinical mentorship via Zoom

 

Case management flow charts developed to be used in low-resourced settings include:

  • Management of moderate to severe COVID-19
  • Treatment of acute and/or chronic infections of patients with COVID-19
  • Adjunctive therapies for COVID-19
  • Non-communicable diseases and COVID-19
  • Prevention of complications for critically ill COVID-19

 

If you and/or your organisation/team is interested to receive COVID-19 support from Doctors Worldwide, please email us at: info@doctorsworldwide.org

If you are a doctor or nurse interested in volunteering your time and expertise to support this work, find out more information & apply here: https://www.doctorsworldwide.org/opportunities/

COVID-19 Checklists

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. 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.

Access the checklists here. 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 info@doctorsworldwide.org

Donations In Action

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.

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

- Checklist User

“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”

- Checklist User

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