What is the importance of volunteers in Covid treatment?

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However, whatever may be the driving factors, the objective of this article is to find out how the volunteers are helping in combating the deadly COVID-19 virus and its treatment.

In times of crisis people have come forward to lend a hand to those who are in need without caring for the dangers involved. This natural characteristic of a human being is built-in and without these good Samaritans many people would have perished. Be it natural disasters like flood, earthquake, wildfire, people being rendered shelter less by the ravages of cyclonic storms, tsunami – you name it, a motley group of dedicated people risks their lives to stand up to help the victims regain their footing and start life anew.

There is much research into the psychology of people rendering their services as volunteers. Some say the key underlying factor is the sense of being connected with a good cause; others say that it is the sense of solidarity that is established through working with others towards a common goal. However, whatever may be the driving factors, the objective of this article is to find out how the volunteers are helping in combating the deadly COVID-19 virus and its treatment. Many Philippines Casinos are also encouraging their players to join as volunteer in the Covid movement.

Volunteers, in meeting the huge demand for professional services every year, assist governments and International organizations all over the world. According to a report by the United Nations, it is estimated that about 1 billion volunteers render service to their local communities and or travel abroad to other countries every year. The COVID pandemic has triggered a surge in local volunteers. Thousands of volunteers from various countries have also been repatriated, which itself, is a logistical feat. 

International volunteering is also facing great difficulties due to COVID 19. The challenge has increased manifolds for relocating to foreign lands, living and working with local communities, creating mutual respect and trust by building relationships, and catering to local requirements.

The outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic has shaken the world, to say the least. Not only has it played havoc with the economy, along with this it has had a major disruptive effect on how people live. One of the most significant negative fallout of the pandemic is not how many people are being infected daily or the rows of bodies wrapped up in plastic sheets, but the social stigma it carries is a larger blow to humanity.  Here, the role of the Corona Warriors, or so they are called are volunteers who have provided exemplary services by providing food delivery, supplying essential medicines, providing solace to the elderly who live alone. 

The onset of the pandemic had left the government machinery in most of the countries totally unprepared and the task to fight against the virus seemed virtually impossible. As the infection grew at an exponential rate, the administration started to become aware of the impending gloom - public health facilities are pathetically inadequate and would face tremendous load to take care of the large number of patients flowing in daily. Although countries all over the world joined the race in augmenting their healthcare systems, it would be a losing battle without the help of the volunteers. The service of these dedicated volunteers made it easy for the government to slowly come out of those visions of Doom’s Day and helped in their effort to get a grip on the situation.

The governments of all countries and international organizations made appeals to all healthcare professionals like doctors, nurses, public health workers whether retired or serving to come forward and lend their support in this hour of need.  They could also be a retired government, Armed Forces Medical Services, public sector undertaking or a private doctor.

The United Nations have also sent out an appeal to the international community to join the UN Volunteer team for different categories to meet the economic, social, and health impacts of the COVID-19 crisis.  The list of professionals required as volunteers given below indicates how their services helped in meeting the challenge imposed by the COVID-19.

1) Health professionals


  • Intensivists
  • Respiratory Physicians
  • Pathologists
  • Radiologists
  • ICU/Anesthetic Nurses
  • Infection Control Nurses
  • Psychologists (with experience in trauma/stress counseling)
  • Biomedical/Medical Laboratory Technicians
  • Physiotherapists

Public Health

  • Epidemiologists
  • Public Health Specialists (other)
  • Health Statisticians
  • Health Surveillance Specialists

2) Non-health professionals

Emergency & Crisis management

  • Health Emergency Managers
  • Child Protection Specialists

Programme Management

  • Monitoring & evaluation Specialists (related to health and/or emergencies), and Reporting
  • Gender-based Violence Project/Programme Specialists

Health systems

  • Logisticians
  • Health Procurement Specialists
  • Health Supply Chain Specialists (pharmacist, equipment, cold chain)

Sanitation & Hygiene

  • WASH (with a focus on hygiene) Specialists
  • Medical Waste Management Specialists

Communications & Data management

  • Communications for Development Specialists
  • Information Management Specialist (with experience in health emergencies)
  • Management Specialists for health related data collection

Statistics & others

  • Socio-economic & Health Assessment Specialists
  • Economic Development Specialists
  • Livelihoods Specialists
  • Anthropologists
  • Sociologists

Volunteers also belong to the supported communities and, as such, they have an in-depth understanding of the needs and problems that are unique to the community. The volunteers are, therefore, playing a great role in gathering and sharing intelligence with the administrative machinery of the government as to how, businesses, society are faring during the health crisis and what support they need.

Non-profit organizations are playing a role in creating connections between volunteer physicians and poorly served local health units via telemedicine to enhance local care capacity. Several projects are aggregating physician volunteers for deployment in areas of greatest need to support COVID-19 response efforts.

Containing the onslaught of the COVID 19 virus is one thing but the greatest contribution of volunteers probably lies in finding a solution to put human civilization back on its feet by finding a vaccine.  The efforts of scientists all over the world would be fruitless without tests on human beings to prove the efficacy of the vaccine.  Questions have been raised whether it is permissible to ask people to take on risks of severe illness or even death, as they would be exposed to the virus, although it is for the benefit of humanity. But it is surprising to see that in spite of being made aware of the risks imposed, young volunteers have joined this effort so that a solution to this pandemic could be found at the earliest to save the world.

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