Facing one of the world’s most appealing problem, Ebola Disease outbreak in Western Africa, a group of specialists from Devon decided to join their expertise and set off for journey to cope with this issue. Against virus with an unlimited appetite for multiplication of its particle copies, they decided to bring Medicine and Education.
This is how project iCARE was conceived.
The main goal of this endeavour is “to build capability and sustainability within the healthcare service and community district of Tonkolili to improve resilience to future outbreaks of viral haemorrhagic fever.”
In its foundation it aimed to embrace all levels of social organisation that are vital for solving the Ebola problem one for all. Therefore it can be divided into three main fields of action:
- Community Module: aimed to raise awareness of basic hygiene and safety action precautions among members of rural communities
- Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) module: meant to educate healthcare workers, that form Sierra Leone’s the first line of defence against Ebola, how to properly use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE )
- Triage strand: addressed to Health care professionals at Masanga Hospital in the heart of Tonkolili district. It aims delivering necessary infrastructure as well as relevant training to nurses and volunteers at this site.
Whole project can be divided into structural phases in order to capture progress:
- Planning: all actions are being planned according to international guidelines (such as WHO or local bodies in Sierra Leone). Participants are bring invited and roles and responsibilities are being distributed. Preliminary ideas are being generated tested and refined. Much attention is devoted to details so that final product can be feasible and yet relevant.
- Development: meaning development of both digital tools to share educational content as well as construction works of Triage facility.
- Education: applying tools in the field and training participants in Sierra Leone. Along with fieldwork execution, data on project effectiveness to preform validation are being gathered along with other relevant pieces of information to be used for scientific research.
- Reporting: consisting of analysis of gathered data and planning follow-up study to confirm (hopefully) long-lasting effects of undertaken intervention.
As for now, that is 18/03/2016, we are on the brink between planning and development phase, when getting into shape and developers pull on sleeves to get down to coding along with construction workers, who are finishing foundations of the triage facility.
Yet there is still long way to reach the goal.