Following guidance from the UK government, UK-Med has moved our Manchester office online. All staff will be working remotely so that we can support efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 at home as well as internationally.
We have several active responses ongoing during a time when our work has never been more crucial. We are making every effort to ensure our office continues to operate as normal during the coming weeks.
If you are in touch with individual members of the team then continue to communicate digitally. Email should be the first point of contact for any enquiries and we are using video and teleconferencing to conduct meetings that would have taken place face-to-face.
Staff will not be reachable on their office landlines and the main office number will be forwarded to a mobile. We are having to postpone any face to face and training events scheduled for April and will review May’s activities as the situation develops.
As the COVID-19 pandemic progresses we are seeking to scale up our part in the global response. Our teams are continuing to support WHO and the Ministry of Health in Ghana and Cambodia, where they are doing excellent work supporting national preparedness efforts. We are also working with a number of partners on how we support in other areas, either remotely or via deployment of technical advisors.
As we’ve seen in recent weeks, epidemics and pandemics don’t observe borders. This pandemic will not discriminate and it will hit those who are most vulnerable the hardest. We know that some of our members working within the NHS will be part of the front-line response to COVID-19 in UK hospitals. We’re proud to work with so many dedicated individuals committed to delivering the highest quality emergency healthcare to people affected by outbreaks.
Thank you to our donors and partners, without whom our work would not be possible.
We will keep you updated with our response as it evolves.