In February 2020, Medical Missionary News sent the shipment of Personal Protective Equipment to Shanghai, China. This shipment was sent at a vital stage in the country’s response to COVID-19 with over 70,000 cases and over 2,000 deaths reported at that time, with the disease beginning its spread across the world.
On 31 December 2019, Chinese officials notified the World Health Organisation that there were several cases of an unusual illness in Wuhan, a port city on the Yangtze River. This was later named COVID-19, a deadly new coronavirus that would soon infect millions of people and unite the world in a global struggle.
This equipment was received by IHP’s partner Project Hope in Shanghai and was distributed to Shanghai Children’s Medical Centre (SCMC). SCMC is tertiary children’s hospital with 1,000 beds and a fever clinic. The equipment was to support frontline health workers playing a crucial role in containing the spread of COVID-19. As cases started to increase in Shanghai, and the need for intensive care rapidly increased, SCMC set up a quarantine ward to care for patients who had contracted the disease and prevent its spread.
The donated PPE was used among the doctors and nurses working in this quarantine unit, to keep them safe as they offered medical care to children in quarantine. The 9,000 masks and 1,875 protective coveralls would support medical staff at SCMC for the next 90 days.