COVID 19 Resource Bank

Welcome to the Virtual Doctors COVID 19 Resource Bank which has been created to help support your clinical learning and professional development through this difficult time.

  • In the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Virtual Doctors aim to continue to support clinical officers and their patients in Zambia.
  • Given this unprecedented situation, many volunteer doctors are much busier than usual with their clinical work and, as you are aware, there is a lot of uncertainty both personally and professionally.
  • Despite this we will do our best to answer ongoing and future cases, however the responses may take longer than usual.
  • If you encounter a suspected Covid-19 case, it is important that you follow the appropriate guidelines set out by the Zambian Ministry of Health.

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Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus. Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. 

Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.

The COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes, so it’s important that you also practice respiratory etiquette (for example, by coughing into a flexed elbow).

At this time, there are no specific vaccines or treatments for COVID-19. However, there are many ongoing clinical trials evaluating potential treatments.

Click to access the WHO Q&A Section on COVID 19

Ministry of Health Resources:

Click to Access the latest Ministry of Health COVID 19 Guidelines

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The Worldwide Impact:

Data copyright: Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering

Fake News:

There is a huge amount of information available online regarding COVID 19.

On one hand this is fantastic: the scientific and medical communities have been more collaborative and open than ever before, with record numbers of partnerships and publications appearing on a daily basis.

The resources that we have gathered within our COVID 19 resource bank are all gathered from reputable evidence-based sources, but you only have to open Facebook, Instagram or Google to come face to face with hundreds of posts about COVID 19!

This article by “The Arukah Network” gives some suggestions on how best to separate the facts from the fiction.

Overall it is important to remember these 2 points:

Anyone can post content online.

Alongside COVID 19, there is also a fake news pandemic.

The WHO Mythbusters website explores some of the common myths associated with COVID 19 and is well worth looking at: click to view

Key Resources:

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Reminder: what to include when sending a case referral

Quick Reference: Emergencies

Our Latest Forum Posts:

To access earlier forum posts, please click here

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COVID 19 E-learning

ePROTECT Respiratory Infections

  • This learning package from the WHO consists of 4 modules that explore Acute Respiratory Infections, how they are transmitted, the associated infection risks and the importance of basic hygiene measures.

Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) for Novel Coronavirus

  • This e-learning course from the WHO covers key Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) measures.
  • It explains how to implement important IPC measures, to reduce onward transmission to healthcare staff and other patients within the RHC.

Medical CPD Africa

  • Medical CPD Africa has a series of useful e-learning modules, including 3 on COVID-19. 
  • These are written for Clinical Officers in Kenya, so remember some guidelines may differ slightly, but much of the content is applicable to clinic settings in Zambia. 
  • You will need to sign up, but all their courses are kindly offered for free.

The Knowledge Translation Unit

  • The Knowledge Translation Unit, based in Cape Town, also provides some excellent online resources on the management of COVID-19, including case-based scenarios to work through. 
  • As they are based in South Africa, some guidelines may differ, but many of the principles covered will be applicable to your own healthcare settings.
  • Again you will need to sign up to access these, and we would like to thank the University of Cape Town’s Knowledge Translation Unit and the Western Cape Department of Health South Africa, for the use of their resources.

Please Note: This content was developed to support the provision of health-related services by health workers and is reasonably believed to represent appropriate healthcare practices at the date of first publication. You use this information at your sole risk; no warranties are given regarding accuracy, relevance, usefulness or fitness for purpose.

Non-Covid Resources:

Zambian Ministry of Health HIV Guidelines

Ministry of Health guidelines for the management of HIV within Zambia.

Zambian Ministry of Health Maternity Guidelines

Ministry of Health guidelines for obstetric referrals from clinics to hospital

WHO Integrated Management of Adolescent and Adult Illness

WHO guidelines on how to manage common general medical problems that may present to the health centre, such as pneumonia, fever, abdominal pain or skin problems.

Mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP) (interactive) (pdf)

An interactive tool that covers the assessment and management of a range of mental health conditions, neurological diseases and substance misuse.

WHO Guidelines for the Management of Snakebites in Africa

A really helpful document about the assessment and management of snakebite in Africa.

IMAI: Palliative Care: Symptom Management and End-of-Life Care

A useful document that explains how to mange common symptoms that may be encountered in terminal illness at the end of a patient’s life. This also includes advice on what family members can do to support loved ones.

Note: During the current pandemic at present please cross-reference any of the above guidelines with the most up to date COVID 19 guidelines produced by the Zambian Ministry of Health.

The Virtual Doctor’s Podcast:

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine also hosts a really interesting podcast that addresses many different aspects of COVID 19. You can listen to this here. Episode 20 is particularly relevant and features Dr Abdul Sesay from the MRC Unit in The Gambia at LSHTM.

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