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In response to COVID-19, MAGNA is expanding its activities and, for the first time in the organization's history, is helping at home in Slovakia.
On March 19, MAGNA began to provide assistance to healthcare institutions fighting the COVID-19 pandemic in Slovakia. Our teams provide access to regular health care for people who are experiencing the current situation in extremely precarious conditions. Our teams in Slovakia support retirement homes for the elderly, help vulnerable people such as oncological patients, and provide material assistance to hospitals and medical staff.
Denisa Augustínová, Head of MAGNA Operations, describes our response to COVID-19 in Slovakia:
"As a humanitarian organization, MAGNA provides medical assistance to people in times of crisis, conflict and epidemic. Slovakia is currently under extreme pressure from the COVID-19 pandemic. The basis of what we do is to respond to extreme situations - we intervene when the system is down and where we can use our knowledge in emergency management. This is the situation here in Slovakia today, so we are returning home to help resolve this crisis.”
HELP TO THE ELDERLY
Older people are among the most vulnerable groups at risk because of the new coronaviruses. In response to the COVID-19 situation, we expanded activities to support retirement homes for the elderly. People often live in close contact there, and facilities usually do not have specialized medical equipment. We take measures for health support, prevention and control of infections. Our mobile healthcare teams advise on the prevention and control of infections, and monitor the health of their clients. We also distribute respirators and disinfectant material.
SUPPORT FOR ONCOLOGICAL PATIENTS
We help vulnerable groups such as oncological patients who are seriously at risk due to spreading of the new coronavirus. In close cooperation with healthcare providers, we distribute respirators to oncological patients.
KEEPING HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS SAFE
We support the Pediatric Clinic of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Medicine of the National Institute of Pediatric Diseases in Bratislava and its health care professionals to whom we provide personal protective material.
MAGNA Activities in Response to COVID-19 around the World
MAGNA teams directly implement activities to fight against the COVID-19 in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Lebanon and Cambodia. In Iraq, Syria and South Sudan, we are adapting our projects to the COVID-19 pandemic.
We see how the virus has hit some of the most advanced health systems in Europe. We are concerned that the virus has already affected areas with weaker health systems where vulnerable people cannot protect themselves. The response to COVID-19 must be tailored to each environment and community as well as to local capacities.
“Today's situation brings new challenges and requires even more cooperation and creativity to find solutions. We are adapting to be prepared for COVID-19 in our projects around the world, despite travel restrictions and a shortage of supplies,” says Martin Bandžák, MAGNA's Director.
Currently, all projects in the country are responding to the COVID19 pandemic. The newly built department for pediatric infectious patients in Phnom Penh Children's Hospital is currently used to isolate HIV patients for whom coronavirus infections can have immediate fatal consequences. In its projects in Cambodia, MAGNA follows its global strategy to combat Covid-19 and the spread of the coronavirus, including activities such as installing external triage, supporting isolation and screening in existing healthcare facilities, preventing and controlling infections, supporting building temporary isolation units or expansion of existing health care infrastructure, response training for community leaders and public health personnel, sensitization and empowerment of the community, and provision of medical needs and sanitary kits and distribution of PPE.
Democratic Republic of Congo
In response to Covid-19, we are currently providing infection prevention and control (IPC) for 20 health centers in the capital of Kinshasa. We also supply them with medical supplies, medicines, medical aids and train their medical staff. We install an external traction circuit, organize patient isolation and screening. We train community leaders, community workers and public health staff to identify and respond to a crisis situation in a timely manner. We adapt the implementation of international approaches in a local context and raise awareness and regularly disseminate information on preventive measures, including social distancing, hand washing and disinfection.
Only four cases of Covid-19 have been officially reported in the MAGNA area of operation in the Baalbeck district. Refugee testing is not systematically carried out, and MAGNA staff in the country, along with other humanitarian actors, are part of a coordinated effort within so-called 'Rapid Teams' to limit the spread of the epidemic among refugees who often live in poor conditions conducive to spreading the epidemic. MAGNA has already taken several steps, including the acquisition of supplies, the purchase of medical supplies and protective equipment, before the outbreak of the Lebanon epidemic to its present extent. We treat our patients in both mobile and static units. In informal refugee settlements, we provide medical assistance, education in the field of personal hygiene, the importance of social distancing as well as the symptoms of Covid-19. At the same time, we are ready to identify cases of suspected Covid-19 in our healthcare facilities.
WE ARE HELPING AROUND THE WORLD - NOW ALSO AT HOME.
Read on the Covid-19 pandemic and our reaction to it from the point of view of Denisa Augustínová, Head of Operations, who coordinates MAGNA's response in Slovakia and around the world.