Respond Global has assisted the World Health Organisation (WHO) with a number of projects.
During the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, and on behalf of the United Nations (UN), we assisted the WHO by writing standard operating procedures for the design and build of COVID-19 clinical care hospitals in Accra, Ghana. These hospitals served to treat healthcare workers who became infected.
Dr Ian Norton’s previous position at the WHO as manager of the Emergency Medical Teams initiative saw him deployed for over 5 months to West Africa as part of the Ebola outbreak response in 2014/15. He led the coordination of 58 EMTs in three countries, so has plenty of experience in understanding the importance of protecting healthcare staff on the ground.
Early in 2021, the WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office (EMRO) requested that we review their ability to respond to emergencies, natural disasters and conflicts in the region, as well as assessing their infectious disease outbreak capacity and capability throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
More recently, Respond Global has been working with the WHO’s South-East Asia Regional Office (SEARO) based in Delhi, helping them to redesign their logistics systems, supporting member countries to strengthen their Health Emergency Operations Centre capabilities, particularly in Timor Leste, as well as providing guidance for the establishment of national medical response teams in each country.