Update on progress of IFHE teams supporting WHO global response to COVID-19
The response to our appeal in April for volunteer teams to support the work of the World Health Organisation has been excellent. So far thirteen (13) teams have responded, with 11 of these coming from USA, Canada and Latin America and 2 from European countries. WHO ran a training program for the IFHE teams with coordination being delivered by Walt Vernon (USA) in association with our IFHEWHO liaison officer, Paul Merlevede (Belgium) and the IFHE Secretariat, IHEEM (UK).
So far 18 requests for assistance have been made to WHO, and one project has been delivered by the IFHE teams. An existing maternity wing in a facility in Burkina Faso has been converted into a COVID-19 ward. The conversion includes spaces for critical, high-risk, and low-risk patients, together with necessary support space for safely donning and doffing PPE. The project includes plans for ventilation in
accordance with WHO standards, with provisions for mortuary, laundry, and waste disposal. The project was completed in one week by a team of IFHE volunteers provided by the Association of Medical Facility Professionals (USA). The WHO has requested help with two hospitals in Brazil, and teams from Mexico will be working on these projects. [...] Read more..