PSI is calling on unions in the field to continue the work they have already started to avoid contagion and protect health workers.
PSI is also asking for support to our unions in the field, including donations to the PSI Aid Fund.
The World Health Organization on 8 August 2014 announced a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC), with various recommendations to national and local governments of the countries affected, to neighbouring countries, to agencies of the UN and other actors.
Key among the recommendations are measures to ensure that all workers who come into contact with infected people or contaminated materials, and most especially health workers, are immediately provided with the necessary tools, equipment, training and support to be able to do their jobs safely.
“…ensure all necessary measures are taken to mobilize and remunerate the necessary health care workforce…
…ensure that sufficient medical commodities, especially personal protective equipment (PPE), are available to those who appropriately need them, including health care workers, laboratory technicians, cleaning staff, burial personnel and others that may come in contact with infected persons or contaminated materials…
…ensure health care workers receive: adequate security measures for their safety and protection; timely payment of salaries and, as appropriate, hazard pay; and appropriate education and training on IPC, including the proper use of PPEs…
…ensure that: treatment centres and reliable diagnostic laboratories are situated as closely as possible to areas of transmission; that these facilities have adequate numbers of trained staff, and sufficient equipment and supplies relative to the caseload; that sufficient security is provided to ensure both the safety of staff…”
The unions are ready to mobilise their networks for this emergency effort. WHO calls on all actors, and we must ensure that governments include the workers and their unions at the planning stage, and during service delivery.
PSI calls on its unions, especially the members of the West African Health Sector Unions’ Network – WAHSUN to continue the work already started, which includes to :
PSI will support our unions in the field by: