This study aims to develop an integrated plan for HWCs in low-and middle-income countries (LMICs) to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Using lessons learned from the COVID-19 outbreak firstly identified in Wuhan, China, we are collaborating with HCWs and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the Philippines and Sri Lanka to develop contextually specific guidelines and training modules for frontline HCWs responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. With local researchers in the Philippines, we will first develop and pilot test guidelines and training videos. Next, in Sri Lanka, we will work with local researchers to adapt these materials to the local context. Through guidelines and training videos, our work aims to familiarize frontline HCWs with updated information so as to support them in operationalizing a contextually appropriate and robust COVID-19 response plan. Specific guidelines components include personal protection equipment (PPE) and infection prevention and control requirements, recommendations to improve hospital workflow, reduce nosocomial infections, and fear and stigma reduction among patients with suspected cases of COVID-19. The team consists of leading researchers from Canada, the Philippines, and Sri Lanka with previous infectious disease research and program implementation experience – this will enable us to quickly mobilize resources to create contextually appropriate and comprehensive guidelines and training materials to support frontline HCWs. This work is funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).
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