Personal preparedness and self-protective measures of frontline health care workers
This project is based at Fasiuddin Khan Research Foundation in Bangladesh
- Project title: Exploring personal preparedness and self-protective measures against COVID-19 pandemic: a qualitative study protocol of frontline health care workers in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh
- Based at: Fasiuddin Khan Research Foundation (FKRF), Bangladesh
- Start date: July 2020
- End date: September 2020
- Co-principal investigators: Dr Farzana Khan, Professor Liz Grant
- Project team: Hasina Karim, Dr Tasnim Azad, Saiduzzaman Bhuiyan, Professor Samir K Saha
Frontline health care workers (FHCWs) face a number of safety concerns when providing services during the current COVID-19 pandemic, with a significant number catching the virus themselves.
As the pandemic escalates, there is a need to establish an effective, and socially and culturally sensitive, protection system to protect FHCWs.
There is a lack of research relating to low and middle-income country FHCWs’ perceived behaviour, including their understanding of personal preparation and self-protective measures in a pandemic.
There are particular needs exemplified by working in refugee settings of intense humanitarian crises.
There is currently no global information on how COVID-19 will impact refugee settings. FHCWs in these settings face exceptional challenges, working with limited resources, with a population who are fearful of external authority systems, and who have endured many atrocities.
Aim and impact
This project will explore the perceptions and feelings of a community of FHCWs (including doctors, nurses and community health workers) in Cox’s Bazar, about personal preparation and protective measures for FHCWs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The study will provide essential information on how to establish and implement an effective, and socially and culturally sensitive, protection system for FHCWs – an urgent requirement as the COVID-19 pandemic rapidly escalates.
- Project final report submitted.
- Paper is being prepared for the Lancet Global Health
- Presentations made in Bangladesh
- Health Sector Partners Meetings at Cox’s Bazar
- Bangladesh Newspaper article to be submitted
- An article for IAHPC News Bulletin
- An article for ehospice