Americares is providing personal protective equipment and training health workers on the front lines of the outbreak. Personal protective equipment and other infection prevention and control supplies along with other preventive measures are critical to decreasing the spread of infection and health workers face the greatest risk.
To date, Americares has shipped tons of protective supplies for the COVID-19 pandemic, including masks, gowns, gloves and disinfectants. In the United States, Americares has delivered more than 17 tons of protective supplies to health facilities in 25 states (including to partners in the U.S. that serve low-income and uninsured patients in high case count areas of CT, NY, CA, WA, MA, LA, TX and other emerging hot zones). Many of the recipient organizations serve large homeless populations, which are particularly vulnerable to the outbreak.
In addition, we have sent protective equipment and supplies to health workers in Honduras and Lebanon. With the support of donors, Americares is actively procuring more personal protective equipment. More international and domestic shipments are planned.
Americares global network of health care partners depend on the continuity of regular shipments of medicine and supplies from our distribution center. To that end our distribution center staff continue there efforts to maintain the critical pipeline while keeping the staff safe.
Americares is also continuing to care for patients at its primary care clinics in Colombia, Connecticut and El Salvador and referring patients with suspected COVID-19 infections for testing. In Connecticut our clinics are using telehealth services to care for patients. Photo from our Distribution Center preparing emergency shipments.
Our top concern is the capacity of under-resourced health centers to respond to the pandemic. Americares can play a critical role in ensuring our staff, and the staff of our partner health facilities, are able to continue their lifesaving and life-changing work. We know from a long history of disaster response that maintaining primary care services during crisis is critical to saving lives and restoring health. Americares is training health workers in mental health, infection prevention and control, and disaster preparedness, and sharing educational resources with partner health care facilities in the U.S. and around the world. We are also prepared to mobilize medical personnel to provide surge support for overwhelmed health facilities, if needed.
Watch the video of our Distribution Center in action, responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Americares is combating the spread of disinformation and promoting science and healthy behaviors that can help stem the spread of the virus. The first and most important response to a disease outbreak is to get good information. Get the facts, not fear. This page is updated daily with the latest information from Americares and our global and local partners. In addition, stay up to date on what is happening from other trusted sources:
Johns Hopkins interactive map tracking the disease spread globally. Visit this excellent resource ->.
And a “homemade” aggregator website put together by a single enterprising programmer that has become a valued, accessible data source –>
For those who prefer podcast format, experts from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health offer science and evidence-based insights on the public health news of the day. The current focus is the novel coronavirus: Subscribe to Public Health on Call on your favorite podcast platform.
And Americares also offers this useful resource for health workers and our health center partners around the country who serve the most vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic –>