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Patient care and training in Burkina Faso

Since the first cases of COVID-19 in Burkina Faso, EFFO trainers have been involved in patient care and training activities for regional teams. The Opera Village also continues to be supported by telephone counselling.

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On 9 March 2020, the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Burkina Faso; since then, EFFO trainers have been actively supporting the treatment teams at the Tengandogo University Hospital in Ouagadougou, where the COVID-19 isolation ward was set up. As of May 2020, Burkina Faso registered more than 800 SARS-CoV-2 infections and 50 deaths, most of them in the capital Ouagadougou. The burkinian EFFO trainers benefit from their experience from numerous workshops, training courses for health personnel and simulation exercises. They can now apply their sound knowledge of High Consequence Infectious Diseases (Ebola, Lassa, plague) and of course their practical experience in handling personal protective equipment (PPE). EFFO stock reserves of coveralls from the Ebola epidemic were made available to the COVID-19 isolation ward.

The team in the Opera Village is also putting its experience with EFFO into practice. The procedures in the health post were adapted in such a way that distance and hygiene rules can be respected. Posters were printed to educate the population. In regular video conferences the team exchanges information with the EFFO project partner in Würzburg on current developments and specific questions.

Date: 01.06.2020





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