Coronavirus Situation Report-8
After Covid-19 outbreak in Iran, volunteers of the IRCS disinfected 92,000 streets and avenues, 48,793 public transportation buses, as well as 26,263 public places including 43 prisons, 96 night dormitories for homeless, 3,409 mosques and 43,313 other places across the country.
CORONAVIRUS SITUATION REPORT
Situation Report 8
10 May 2020
Since the novel Coronavirus emerged in 2019, almost all countries across the world reported Coronavirus outbreak (COVID19). According to data from the Iranian Ministry of Health and Medical Education, the identified cases in Iran are 106,220 while the death toll is 6,589 and 85,064 are recovered so far.
Ministry of Health is responsible for the treatment operation and the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) is coordinating its activities based on existing needs and protocols. The IRCS is scaling up their preparedness and response within the country and is still making efforts to assist government response in accordance with the policy obtained by the health authorities.
Response from Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS)
IRCS activated Emergency Operation Centers (EOC) at the IRCS Headquarters and 32 branches throughout the country. The secretariat has been established at IRCS Health, Treatment and Rehabilitation Division to centralize the necessary coordination with the Iranian Ministry of Health and sharing health guidelines as well as prioritizing the measures throughout the IRCS branches based on coordination with the MoH.
Community Engagement and Communication
In coordination with the Iranian Ministry of Health and considering the importance of public education, the IRCS is focusing on public awareness campaign for the people from different walks of life. The IRCS has continued different phases of training for public education aiming at educating people with the coronavirus and necessary preventive measures as well as the updating educational materials for the IRCS’s trainers throughout the country. Regular video conferences and virtual meetings for IRCS branches have been organized to share guidelines and materials. The IRCS, in coordination with Medical Council, provided general and specialized trainings on Corona online courses for volunteers and staff.
The educational activities of IRCS include:
- Brochures, posters, info graphic (2,950 pages in Persian and other languages)
- Movie, clip, and motion graphic (881 programs have been produced particularly for different walks of life and deaf people y) Also, 16 educational documentation videos have been produced.
- Information sharing and publication of training contexts include:
- Visiting social webs: 71,900,000 people
- Visiting training site as www.coronavirus.ir: 23,100,000 people
- Attending Corona test “test.Corona.ir”: 11,600,000
- Sending SMS: 29,350,000
Iranian Red Crescent is fully involved in providing online, face-to-face and briefing trainings. Up to now, 1,424,000 people, 94,000 volunteers, 60,700 staff and 22,000 trainers have passed online course of coronavirus.
13,000,000 people, 100,000 volunteers, 8,500 staff and 5,200 trainers have passed face-to-face and briefing trainings.
Health and Care
As immediate measure being taken after coronavirus outbreak, the Iranian Red Crescent Noor Afshar hospital is assigned to admit coronavirus patients. In total, 1,357 patients have referred to the hospital of which 888 cases are infected and 416 people recovered, 485 cases hospitalized, 500 are outpatients and 77 lost their lives so far. The IRCS took responsibility of medical shelter for post recovery. Following is brief update about the medical shelters:
- Qom province with 1 medical shelter working with capacity of 700 beds in which 251 cases have been hospitalized, 31 patients resent to the hospitals and 220 discharged.
- Qazvin province with 1 medical shelter working with 37 staff and capacity of 100 beds in which 53 cases have been hospitalized, 5 patients resent to the hospitals and 46 discharged.
- Golestan with 1 medical shelter working with capacity of 200 beds in which 68 cases have been hospitalized 6 patients resent to the hospitals and 62 discharged.
- Isfahan province with 1 medical shelter working with capacity of 500 beds in which 210 cases have been hospitalized, 14 patients resent to the hospitals and 196 discharged.
- Zanjan province – Zanjan City with 1 medical shelter working with 26 staff and capacity of 73 beds in which 98 cases have been hospitalized 6 patients resent to the hospital and 35 discharged.
- Zanjan province – Abhar City with 1 medical shelter working with capacity of 100 beds in which 36 cases have been hospitalized 3 patients resent to the hospitals and 13 discharged.
- Tehran, Gilan and Mazandaran provinces are still on standby to establish medical shelter.
- No death has been reported from the IRCS medical shelters.
Wash and Voluntary Actions
By using public donations, the IRCS Volunteer Organization distributed 100,000 food parcels and 171,000 hygiene kits amongst the most vulnerable. Also 1,000 food parcels have been distributed among most vulnerable people in Kurdistan province by the IRCS. 1,350 volunteers donated blood for the benefit of the patients in hospitals.
Volunteers of the IRCS disinfected 92,000 streets and avenues, 48,793 public transportation buses, as well as 26,263 public places including 43 prisons, 96 night dormitories for homeless, 3,409 mosques and 43,313 other places across the country. For the purpose, the volunteers have used 5,385,589 liters of disinfectant lotions.
The IRCS has distributed personnel protection equipment including different types of gloves, 3-layer masks, N95 masks, bags, anti-septic gel, thermometers, hospital gowns and relief gowns for volunteers in IRCS’s road relief posts, medical shelters, drugstores and health and rehabilitation centers thought the country provinces for 1 month consume.
Mental health and Psychosocial Support
The IRCS Youth Organization continues its plan to entertain and render psychological support and services for children who have to stay at home. The programs are accessible through virtual networks and also Dial- A – Story service at no. 021 6427 to cite stories with humanitarian themes for kits and children aged 4- 12. There are also photography completions for children with themes of humanitarian activities during their stay at home to be emailed to the IRCS.
A number of 187,553 beneficiaries benefited from the Youth Organization’s campaigns and programs up to now. About 19,138 IRCS team members have provided psychosocial support services to 3,067,366 beneficiaries through 6,503 teams.
The International Affairs and IHL Division of the Iranian Red Crescent is coordinating and following up the various and international activities and donations for more effective response based on the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.
Up to now, USD 200,000 from public donation, USD 1,000,000 from the Japanese government through IFRC has been pledged to help the IRCS response. CHF 500,000 from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has been transferred to the IRCS account in this operation. About 141 humanitarian air cargos have been arrived at Tehran airport including various masks, latex gloves, anti-septic gel, thermometers, and hospital gowns from National Societies, Relief International, NGOs and Iranian citizen in abroad. The IRCS is in close contact with IFRC and ICRC to receive humanitarian contributions.
In close cooperation with International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and non-Movement actors, the Iranian Red Crescent Society is making efforts to fight with Coronavirus through international humanitarian assistance in the event of a coronavirus outbreak in the country.
Furthermore, the IRCS is planning to meet the needs of most vulnerable people in this situation. Hence, in coordination with MoH and medical universities, 500,000 special patients like patients with hemophilia, patients on dialysis and chemotherapy have been screened to receive health kits including 10 masks and 350cc disinfectant lotions. So far, 400,000 patients have been received the health kits.
The IRCS is also looking for resources to implement livelihood project such as distribution of food parcels among the 500,000 people who has no income and support to alleviate their sufferings and meet their basic needs. About 50,000 food parcels have been distributed so far among the most vulnerable people in 15 provinces for the first phase of the IRCS plan.
For more information about the IRCS response operations to COVID 19, please contact Ms. Mansooreh Bagheri Director General of International Operations and Humanitarian Programmes in the Iranian Red Crescent Society.
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