International Registry of Healthcare Workers Exposed to COVID-19 Patients (UNITY Global)
The health workers’ roles are undoubtedly pivotal during the COVID-19 pandemic. Being in the frontline, their strenuous battles with COVID-19 comes with their risk of getting infected. Between March 2020 to January 2021, more than six hundred health officers lost their lives in Indonesia. Losing them is indeed crippling Indonesia’s healthcare system in the short and long terms. For that matter, a big question comes to mind, “what is the best practice to protect the health workers from COVID-19?”.
The International Registry of Healthcare Workers Exposed to COVID-19 Patients (UNITY Global) collected data from about ten thousands health workers exposed to COVID-19 in Indonesia, Pakistan, South Africa, Uganda, Kenya, Zambia, Senegal, Nigeria, and Zimbabwe. The aims are to identify a potential prophylaxis therapy (including drugs’ dosage and onset) used in specific countries. Additionally, UNITY Global explore the health workers’ contact history, health status, and preventive attitudes. Starting in December 2020, The Center for Tropical Medicine focused on conducting this study in Indonesia for about eight months.
In Indonesia, a comparative observational cohort study is conducted by collecting data related to the healthcare workers, such as the potential prophylactic treatment taken by them, their level of exposure towards COVID-19 patients, their health status, and their other preventive measurements, like PPE utilization.
For further details about the UNITY Global research project, please check https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT04626076
Project Investigator in Indonesia
dr. Riris Andono Ahmad, MPH., PhD