In response to COVID-19, Americares goal is to assist in slowing the spread of the virus, while building the capacity of local health centers to safely provide health services for COVID-19 and continue to meet the ongoing health needs of vulnerable populations in the U.S. and multiple other countries. To that end, Americares has established three core programmatic priorities that are shaping their response: Product support for frontline health workers - Along with other preventive measures, personal protective equipment and other infection prevention and control supplies are critical to decreasing the spread of infection. Training and technical assistance for health providers and partners on Infection Prevention and Control (IPC), Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) and Preparedness. Leveraging Americares long-standing expertise in IPC, MHPSS and Preparedness, Americares technical experts are creating COVID-19-specific training modules for all three program areas to ensure health center partners are armed with the knowledge and expertise needed to slow the spread of the virus and protect health workers as they continue their lifesaving work. Continuity of operations for Americares health programming, including direct clinical care -Ensuring that Americares clinical and community health staff can continue to do lifesaving and lifechanging work on behalf of those affected by poverty and disaster.
Direct Relief is coordinating with public health authorities, nonprofit organizations and businesses in the U.S. and globally to provide personal protective equipment and other items to health workers responding to coronavirus (COVID-19). In the U.S., Direct Relief is delivering protective masks – along with exam gloves and isolation gowns – to health care organizations in areas with confirmed COVID-19 cases. Direct Relief is also staging personal protective equipment with regional response agencies across the world, including in the Caribbean and South America through the Pan American Health Organization.
International Rescue Committee (IRC)
IRC works in countries that have weak health systems which are less prepared to combat the disease. Vulnerable populations and those living in crisis will be hit the hardest by this outbreak. They’ve launched coronavirus preparedness and response programs in over 40 countries, including the United States, Greece, Syria and Yemen. From sharing crucial information in Italy to training health care workers in Syria to continuing their vital work with refugees in the U.S., their teams are on the ground responding to the outbreak every day.
MedShare has donated more than $1.3 million worth of aid, including more than 2.8 million masks and nearly 200,000 isolation gowns. These critical supplies are being provided to medical personnel who are working to effectively treat patients and contain the virus. Support will ensure that they continue to have the supplies needed and are able to respond quickly to help address this ongoing global health emergency.
National Association Of Free & Charitable Clinics Inc
Supporting 1.400 free and charitable clinics across the country. Have PPE and medical supplies they can access at a discounted rate but need funds to be able to do so. Will equip clinics, especially those in most impacted areas or those with the most desperate needs. Also focusing on maintaining support for people with pre-existing conditions that put them at increased risk, especially in the light of social distancing. These clinics do not have access to federal healthcare dollars.
PIH; Partners In Health
PIH’s mission is to provide a preferential option for the poor in health care. By establishing long-term relationships with sister organizations based in settings of poverty, Partners In Health strives to achieve two overarching goals: to bring the benefits of modern medical science to those most in need of them and to serve as an antidote to despair. The four prongs of COVID-19 work are: testing, provision of care, assist local government response to COVID-19, and mobilize community health workers to seek out those who are ill.
PATH’s role in combating an outbreak like COVID-19 is vital to response efforts. They are partnering with the WHO (World Health Organization) and the CDC (Center for Disease Control) as well as various Ministries of Health at the country level as a voice of strategy and information on how to best combat and contain COVID-19 in all areas of the world. PATH’s focus is strengthening health systems in the immediate and for the long-term in an effort to minimize the impact of an outbreak like COVID-19 at the country level.
Plan International USA
Plan’s experience shows girls and young women are particularly hard hit in health emergencies. Although currently children appear less impacted by COVID-19 than adults, the pandemic will affect the environment in which children grow and develop. The challenges for children, particularly girls, ranging from disruption in education, increased risk of sexual violence and mental health risks, will be much greater in poorer countries. As a global grassroots organization, they are focusing on the wide-ranging health, social and economic impacts of this crisis. And are working to protect the most marginalized communities during this time. In Laos, Plan will directly support the government to provide training and basic transmission prevention supplies (including hygiene kits) to Provincial and District Health staff and local health centers in locations where Plan has an established presence. In Egypt, their team is prepared to work on prevention and control of infections in health facilities, particularly those facilities attending to refugees and other vulnerable communities.