COVID-19: Response in Europe
International Medical Corps is continuing to provide MHPSS-related training and counselling services in Ukraine, both directly and in coordination with local partners, through remote means that include telephone and online groups. The team also has delivered printed booklets to its different field sites, enabling those without tablets and smartphones—including older people, who are more vulnerable to the virus—to participate. International Medical Corps and the MHPSS Technical Working group also participated in the translation to Ukrainian of How Kids Can Fight COVID-19, a storybook for children published by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee. International Medical Corps recently received funding to launch a health program and will work with 12 health facilities—including ambulatory clinics, first-aid points, family-medicine practices and a long-term care home—to equip each with handwashing stations, provide IPC training and promote hygiene for the communities using those facilities. We hope to expand this program later in the year to address added COVID-related demand for mental health and psychosocial support services. We are also working with health facility cleaners to improve their understanding of how to mitigate the spread of disease.