The logistical challenge of opening a COVID-19 treatment centre in a developing country is enormous.
There is a significant lack of resources such as PPE and essential drugs, as well as medical specialists and sophisticated technology.
Khairil Musa reflects on a deployment to Yemen and how in a city with 1.8 million people, having access to only 7 ICU beds led to devastating consequences.
During the height of the pandemic, the city recorded an 8 fold increase in the daily death rate.
So how do we learn from this and provide a better outcome for the future?
The bottom line is COVID needs a global response.
Governments need a united approach, with adequate resources, infrastructure and medical expertise.
In times of uncertainty and tragedy, we need to remember our humility.
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Dr Vera Sistenich is an emergency medicine specialist in Australia, where her areas of interest include Aboriginal health, medical education and the development of physician training in the field of international emergency medicine. She gained her medical degree at the University of Oxford, and a masters of public health at Harvard University. Outside Australia, she has clinical experience in China, DRCongo, Nepal, Peru, South Africa, Vietnam and the UK. She has also worked with asylum seekers both at the Christmas Island Immigration Detention Centre in the Australian Indian Ocean territories, and on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea. In 2013-2014, she was Health Policy Advisor to the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva, Switzerland.
Nick Coatsworth is an outstanding communicator and one of Australia’s favourite doctors. Nick held a key national role in the Australian response to COVID-19 as Deputy Chief Medical Officer. Bringing together his skills as an infectious disease physician, a respiratory physician, a practitioner of disaster and humanitarian medicine, and high level experience in health administration, Nick became one of the most recognised medical spokespeople during the pandemic, engaging the Australian community through a variety of media platforms.
Khairil Musa is an Intensive Care Registrar from Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney. He is passionate about Trauma and Cardiac Intensive Care and also enjoys teaching and mentoring junior doctors.
Julie Leask is professor in the Susan Wakil School of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney. Her research focuses on behavioural science in public health, specifically vaccination uptake, programs and policy. Professor Leask has a number of advisory roles with the World Health Organization including as chair of the Behavioural and Social Drivers of Vaccination working group. She is member of the Regional Vaccine Access and Health Security Initiative Expert Advisory Group for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Chief Executive of the Clinical Excellence Commission (CEC), Carrie Marr has a passionate focus on quality improvement and patient safety. She has held a number of executive and consultancy roles within the National Health Service, Scotland. Before joining the CEC, Carrie worked at Western Sydney Local Health District as Executive Director Organisation Effectiveness. Carrie continues to proactively collaborate and learn with health colleagues from across the globe. These experiences inform her leadership of continuous improvement in the work of NSW Health to deliver exceptional, patient-centered care.