Covid-19: HI strives to protect vulnerable people by continuing its work in Thailand
Nipaporn Deang-Ro, one of Humanity & Inclusion’s physiotherapists, provides rehabilitation care in refugee camps in Thailand. He explains how the organisation has adapted to the pandemic.
Nipo Camp staff members take preventive measures to protect themselves from Covid-19 at work. | ©
Fear of contamination
"The number of new cases and deaths rose steadily between March and May. This caused a lot of concern in the camp and everyone feared for their own lives.
Using protective equipment, Humanity & Inclusion (HI) staff members are able to keep on organising physiotherapy sessions in the refugee camps.
After being in lockdown for several weeks, I started visiting the camps again. We were given masks, hydro-alcoholic gel, gloves, and hygiene kits to protect us. We have also been trained on the virus and how to adapt our work and behaviour to stop it from spreading. For example, whenever we visit someone, we take the patient's temperature and ask them questions, so we can spot the slightest sign of fever."
Rehabilitation sessions resume
"My patients really needed to resume their physiotherapy sessions, especially the ones who are recovering from a stroke or an illness.When I come into contact with patients I talk to them to motivate them. Using protective gear, I am able to provide them with care as I used to."
Distributing protective equipment
"We distribute masks, soap, and information posters on Covid-19 to refugees. We have also set up training courses to teach people how to sew masks. The seamstresses have already made more than 4,000. These will be distributed to people in the camp."