COVID-19 telemedicine assessments

Funding required: $155,250

This project will help: 103,578 children across Ecuador

Estimated completion date: November 2020

Country: Ecuador

In April 2020, Ecuador experienced the unimaginable. South America became the epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic and Ecuador’s already fragile health system collapsed under the strain. Hospitals were overrun and understaffed. News outlets began to reveal horrendous images of bodies stacked on the streets.

Most families in the area live in a marginalized sector along the border with Ecuador. Many families lack access to basic services such as potable water and a sewage system. This means Tumaco’s children are constantly exposed to tropical illnesses such as malaria, intestinal infections, skin diseases, malnutrition, parasites, flu and fever.

As the public health system reached capacity, Compassion responded. With families unable to access health care, Compassion Ecuador launched a telehealth system in collaboration with physicians who are alumni of the Child Sponsorship Program. Families can call a Compassion hotline and receive medical advice, get a prescription or be referred to a specialist. These Compassion alumni are giving back to their communities. But having helped more than 300 families, the service is already at capacity. Most families also don’t have the health education and personal hygiene supplies needed to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

This initiative will provide 103,578 Compassion beneficiaries and their families with access to an expanded professional telehealth service, personal hygiene and preventive health supplies and thorough education on how to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Virtual training workshops will be held to educate Compassion staff and beneficiaries on preventive health measures and proper hygiene.

Reduce the incidence of COVID-19 in Ecuador with a telemedicine assessment system

What your gift will do

This intervention will help families from 300 Compassion centres across Ecuador receive the medical assistance they need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • COVID-19 prevention campaign
    • Cost of personnel to develop multimedia campaigns including videos, testimonials and social media graphics
    • Virtual training workshops for all Compassion centre staff on COVID-19 prevention measures, held weekly for a duration of 6 months
  • Basic hygiene hits (including soap, bleach and detergent) for 53,317 beneficiaries who live in areas with high infection rates
  • Basic protection kits (including gloves and masks) for 13,594 beneficiaries from the province of Guayas and the city of Guayaquil
  • Telemedicine service, involving the hiring of
    • 4 doctors
    • 1 information analyst
    • 1 telehealth coordinator
    • Legal counsel
  • Local contribution: US$60,439
  • Monitoring: This intervention will be monitored closely by Compassion Ecuador.
  • Handling of funds: This is a 6-month intervention with a possible extension to 8 months pending need. At the end of this time, the success of the intervention will be evaluated, along with the possibility of continuing the telehealth service indefinitely.

No less than 80 per cent of your donation will be used for program activities and a maximum of 20 per cent for fundraising and administration. If we exceed our funding goal for the initiative shown, the remaining funds will be used to fund other programs where the need is greatest.