The COVID-19 pandemic has taken us all by surprise. Here at NPH Honduras, we decided to respond and react to this threat in the interest of protecting the 400+ children and youth we care for. To prevent the virus from arriving to NPH Honduras, we have restricted movement in and out of the home, we have asked staff to work extended shifts, and we are constantly conducting public health education and prevention campaigns here onsite. However, the pandemic is always one step ahead of us.
Here in Honduras, the local suppliers of medical products have been severely affected. However, we have requested with a lot of insistence that our local providers help us by providing disinfectant equipment such as hand soap, cleaning products, disinfecting towels, and paper towels. We will use these products to stock all of our operational areas, all of which are currently experiencing a much higher than normal demand for hygiene and cleaning products. Furthermore, the Health Department here at NPH Honduras is constantly executing activities to prevent the virus from arriving and spreading, and has thus needed to buy larger than normal quantities of gloves, masks, and other Personal Protective Equipment. Furthermore, if there were a confirmed case here, our medical staff would need to proper gear to be able to safely treat the case.
Though we are all at risk, NPH Honduras cares for a particularly vulnerable population. We care for four elderly people in Casa Eva, more than 80 children and young adults with disabilities, 21 children and youth with HIV, and many other children with chronic conditions. If the virus were to arrive to our home, we would face absolute crisis.
The health department staff is executing an extraordinary response to the health needs of the homes. Considering that the population here at NPH Honduras consists of a lot of children and youth with disabilities and chronic conditions, they have been required to work extraordinary hours. Our six nurses and two physicians have been working 24/7 to protect the home and population.
We have also asked the caregivers to stay for five-week-long shifts, so as to limit the number of times they must enter and exit the home. Upon arriving, they undergo a two-week quarantine. We are compensating the childcare staff for their heroic efforts and extra long shifts.
In addition to all of the extra supplies we have purchased to continue to keep our home safe, the price of basic necessities has gone up due to the crisis. We are spending thousands of dollars extra on food, not only because of the larger-than-normal population currently residing in the home, but because food prices have gone up in Honduras. Furthermore, permanent medications that the children take have also increased in price.
This project accounts for the purchase of hygiene and cleaning products, as well as the purchase Personal Protective Equipment for healthcare staff so that they can continue to effectively battle this invisible enemy knocking on our doors. It also includes compensation for healthcare and childcare staff's extra hours, as well as extra costs for food and medications.
This project accounts for six months of crisis.
If you have any questions about this project, please contact your nearest fundraising office. Click "Sponsor Project" to give an online donation. We are very grateful for any amount you can donate.
Note: the project cost includes a 10% premium to support the general needs of NPH and its children.
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