The World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic on March 11. Cases of coronavirus continue to spread rapidly throughout the world. As of July 1, 2020, there are more than 10.5 million COVID-19 cases with over 512,000 deaths across 188 countries and territories. In response, International Medical Corps is providing medical expertise, equipment, training, and triage and treatment services around the world and in the US to prevent and treat COVID-19.
As of July 1, 2020, there are more than 10.5 million COVID-19 cases with over 512,000 deaths, with numbers rising each day. With rapid transmission, rising caseloads, and increased global impact, the WHO has declared the Coronavirus outbreak as a pandemic. Preventing the spread of the virus, as well as enabling continued access to health care, medical supplies, and treatment are among the most critical concerns.
International Medical Corps employs a multi-pronged approach to ensure that at-risk countries can prevent and respond to outbreaks of coronavirus. Priority response activities include: 1. Training and capacity building to protect frontline health workers and staff 2. Prepositioning and deploying medicines and supplies, including personal protective equipment (PPE) 3. Deployment of screening and triage stations, and case management 4. Community outreach and engagement 5. Epidemic response teams
Infectious disease prevention and elimination is core to our work - responding to the 2014-2016 West Africa Ebola outbreak and ongoing DRC Ebola outbreak, Malaria outbreak in Burundi, Cholera outbreak in Yemen, among many more. Like in other disease responses, International Medical Corps has designed an approach that aims to not only provide immediate relief, but also build the capacity of vulnerable health systems to respond to future outbreaks through equipping local health workers.