Covid-19 and Health Care Workers

ICPcovid - Healthcare workers project

COVID-19 has begun to spread to humanitarian aid settings in Africa and Asia that are not prepared to face this epidemic. This will pose additional challenges to Health Care workers (HCW) in these settings, who are however of critical importance during such health crisis. The focus of this research project is to protect the health and psychosocial well being of HCW working in humanitarian settings. We will investigate the impact of promoting the universal use of face masks and intensified hand washing. With this intervention, we aim to reduce the incidence of Covid-infection among HCW and minimize its spread in the hospital environment. Keeping HCW healthy will allow the continuation of both Covid-19 and non-Covid-19 related care.

Aims of the project

  1. To determine the incidence and severity of Covid-19 infections among HCW in different humanitarian settings.
  2. To assess the mental health of HCW working in humanitarian settings during different phases of the Covid-19 pandemic.
  3. To evaluate the effect of promoting universal use of cloth masks and intensified handwashing to conserve the health and psychosocial wellbeing of HCW working in humanitarian settings.

Expected outcomes

By organizing repetitive surveys among the HCW, we expect to identify the challenges they have to face during the different phases of the Covid-19 epidemic and how to cope with them. As such, we aim to identify best practices that allow the continuation of essential healthcare services with limited harmful effects on HCW.

Your role

If you agree to participate:

  • You will be asked to fill an electronic survey at regular time intervals. The questionnaire can be accessed by clicking the link/button below. It should take you at most 10 minutes to complete the survey. 
  • Your participation is voluntary, and you can stop at any time. 
  • All data will be processed anonymously.
  • Your answers will contribute to a better understanding of the ongoing outbreak, its impact on healthcare workers, and lead to better decisions for Covid-19 response.