Guest blog courtesy of Jo-Ann Santos Alarcon, Resource Development Officer, Special Projects at International Medical Corps
International Medical Corps launched its COVID-19 vaccination activities in Los Angeles during the first week of March at Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital (MLKCH) and Kedren Community Health Center (KCHC). Thanks to generous support from FedEx, International Medical Corps deployed emergency medical field units to both health facilities to increase their capacity to efficiently and effectively administer COVID-19 vaccinations to residents of South Los Angeles—one of the most vulnerable populations in the LA County.
The speed at which COVID-19 vaccines have been developed and produced hasn’t been matched by society’s ability to administer doses. As of this writing, 30 million doses delivered in the US have yet to be administered.
“I am in Taouyah, in Gnariwada,” said Aïssatou Nènè Baldé, a CMC midwife, shortly after the election. “This is one of the areas of increased political tension. But I go out to work because women need me.”
Ms. Baldé was recruited as part of a 9-month project supported by UNFPA and Takeda aiming to ensure quality sexual and reproductive services, including maternal and newborn health care, during the pandemic.
2020 was an extraordinary year – unlike most of us have ever seen before. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us have faced both professional and personal challenges in adapting to our new reality. We’re looking beyond the science with two of Takeda’s leaders, Julie Kim, President of the Plasma-Derived Therapies Business Unit, and Rajeev Venkayya, President of the Vaccine Business Unit, to explore how Takeda adapted to this new normal while continuing to deliver for patients.
MILWAUKEE, March 15, 2021 /3BL Media/ – Rockwell Automation today announced that it is donating its Arena® Simulation Software to nonprofit organizations, governmental organizations, and public health partners to plan COVID-19 vaccination clinics in their communities. The software can be used to monitor patient flow, staffing, shift changes, and maintenance of social distancing guidance for patients in queue.
Coming off the events of last year, a comprehensive benefits offering not only helps employees during a health event, but it also supports employee productivity, recruitment and retention. According to the 2020-2021 Aflac WorkForces Report, 35% of workers say improving their benefits package is the one thing their employer could do to keep them in their jobs — second only to increasing their pay. (Learn more about the survey at Aflac.com/AWR.)
After an unpredictable 2020 and with a COVID-19 vaccine in the early stages of distribution, optimism and fresh starts are the sentiments ringing true right now.
However, the health and financial challenges of 2020 will likely linger for some time. In fact, the 2020-2021 Aflac WorkForces Report found that 67% of U.S. employees experienced at least a minor financial impact because of COVID-19.
Initial focus on technologies aiming to bolster trust and help reduce community spread
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. and ARMONK, N.Y., March 11, 2021 /3BL Media/ -- Moderna (Nasdaq: MRNA) and IBM (NYSE: IBM) have recently announced their intentions to explore technologies, including artificial intelligence, blockchain and hybrid cloud, that could help support smarter COVID-19 vaccine management. Central to the effort will be a pilot of open, standardized, technology-enabled vaccine distribution approaches aimed to improve supply chain visibility and foster near real-time tracking of vaccine administration.
Women helping women. That's at the heart of the work of mothers2mothers, a nonprofit organization in Africa that provides support to women living with HIV and their families. Its unique mentor model pairs mothers recently diagnosed with HIV with other women in their community who have gone through similar journeys. The pairing has led to significant success.
Heart disease continues to be the leading cause of death around the world. And while deaths from cardiovascular-related illnesses have declined over the last two decades, these gains were not equitably shared among people from the Black, Asian, American Indian/Alaska Native or Hispanic/Latino communities.