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Health personnel renewing their forces in the face of the Covid-19 crisis

Empower health workers to protect themselves

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COVID19 has affected and continues to alter the entire world, and Nicaragua is no exception. We are a developing country that has been severely affected in its mental and social health since the socio-political crisis that started in 2018. This has generated: half a million people have been fired or suspended from their jobs, more than 40 thousand have had to leave the country in search of solutions to their problems, a reduction of more than 600 thousand tourists a year, a reduction in sources of employment, a declining economy and a 29.6% of the population in poverty would go to a 38.9%. The economy contracted 3.8 percent in 2018. According to the latest forecasts, for 2019 growth is expected to fall to -5.0 percent. Poverty will increase by more than 3 percentage points between 2016 and 2019. The aforementioned is reflected with social effects, economic effects, psychological effects, impact on health services, limited delivery of health services, among other problems.

The violence of the last year, the loss of jobs and a fall in consumer and business confidence, added to a decline in sectors such as tourism and construction, have had a high social and economic cost, threatening the extensive efforts made to reduce poverty

The vulnerability of people in this context, especially health personnel, is a priority since a considerable proportion of health workers report having experienced symptoms of depression, anxiety, insomnia and anxiety, especially women, nurses, and Frontline health care workers directly involved in the diagnosis, treatment, or care of patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19,

These conclusions suggest that, among health care workers attending health services and exposed to COVID-19, physicians, women, nurses, and front-line health care workers are at high risk of developing outcomes of Unfavorable mental health and may need psychological support or interventions.

 We need to act now.

What is the need are you focusing on?

Protecting health workers is an important component of measures to tackle the COVID-19 epidemic. Special interventions to promote mental well-being in health workers exposed to COVID-19 must be implemented immediately, and doctors, women, nurses, and front-line workers require special attention. To do this, the medical and nursing staff of the capital's hospitals, through the joint and organized work of 14 organizations, will provide support with mental, psychological and relaxation care, when they leave the hospital, receiving one hour of mental care, psychological and physical, prior to arriving at your home, allowing you to arrive relaxed and calm at home, reducing or eliminating the creation of violent environments in homes and families. We will give personalized attention to hospital health workers in the physical, psychological, emotional and mental components, which favors the mental health of them, their families and patients.

Which type of submission are you sharing?

  • Sharing a pivot idea your organization is considering or could consider

Describe the business pivot or adaptation in 3-4 sentences.

Improve and strengthen the mental health of health personnel in health units through personalized attention after daily work and on a frequent basis.

Do you plan to implement this solution?

  • Yes

Describe the impact that this solution will create in the world.

Improved mental health of health personnel through the management of stress, anguish, depression and domestic violence. It will benefit the hospital units of the country's capital. Developed over a period of 10 months.

What is the name of your business or organization?

NicaSalud Network Federation

What does your business/company do? Whose needs does your business/company address? Who do you serve?

In health promotion, disease prevention, promotion of social development and the environment.

What is your profession?

I am the director of a Federation that brings together 14 non-governmental health organizations in Nicaragua.

Where are you located (country)?


Where are you located (region)?

  • Latin America and the Caribbean

What industry is your business/company in?

  • Healthcare/Medical
  • Non-Profit/Philanthropy

How many people does your business/company employ?

  • 11-49

How old is your business/company?

  • 10 or more years old

Which classification describes your organization/business?

  • Nonprofit/NGO

What kind of stakeholders and partnerships are needed to pursue this solution?

  • Funding- Grants
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- NGOs
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Private Sector
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Civil Society Groups

Do you need help building partnerships and finding partners?

  • Yes

If Yes to the above, please share 1-2 sentences describing the specific help you desire.

Broader training in mental health, techniques for managing stress and depression, effective management of domestic and workplace violence.

What do you think are the main barriers to implementing this solution?

Availability of health personnel

If you are currently working on a pivot, what have you learned so far?

The management of problems related to health determinants must be multisectoral, permanent, adapting to changes in the environment and with the active participation of the community. Respecting the rights of people and their dignity.

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