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COVID-19 voices from the frontline podcast

Voices from the frontline
Voices from the frontline is a CMF podcast miniseries hearing from healthcare professionals on the frontline of the response to the coronavirus pandemic here in the UK and in other parts of the world. We will publish daily at 5 pm (UTC+1/BST). Watch this page for the latest episode.

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Episode 1 - The GP - 25 March 2020:
James shares the pressures being faced by GPs and community health services as the COVID-19 outbreak intensifies and guidance changes on an almost daily basis. How does being a Christian really make a difference in this situation?
[recorded 18 March 2020]

Episode 2 - The ITU Nurse - 26 March 2020
Adi is an ITU nurse. His team are gearing up for the increased number of people with major respiratory problems as a result of COVID1-9 infection. How does his faith prepare him for the challenges ahead?
[recorded 20 March 2020]

Episode 3 - The medical student - 27 March 2020
In today's story, Zack shares how the COVID-19 crisis is having a very real impact on the training of doctors. How do we deal with having our expectations thwarted by circumstances beyond our control?
[recorded 19 March 2020]

Episode 4 - The missionary midwife - 28 March 2020
Beth is a midwife working in the Philippines. She faces the daily challenge of caring for vulnerable mothers and newborns with limited equipment and other resources as it is. How will COVID-19 affect her and her patients?
[recorded 20 March 2020]

Episode 5 - The international medical student - 29 March 2020
Naomi is an international medical student in Limerick, Ireland. A few weeks from final exams and placements she finds herself unable to return home to Canada or to finish her studies. In the face of this, what opportunities to serve is God opening up for her in Ireland?[recorded 25 March 2020]

Episode 6 - The medical registrar - 30 March 2020
David is a medical registrar in London. As more and more patients with covid symptoms are turning up at the hospital, they are having to rapidly change their clinical priorities and planning. How is he finding God at work in the circumstances?
[recorded 24 March 2020]

Episode 7 - India - 31 March 2020
Santhosh is a consultant physician on the India/Nepal border, and is the South Asia and Training Coordinator of our global network, the International Christian Medical and Dental Association (ICMDA). India is now on lock-down; how is this having an impact on the hospital, the patients and the community? How will they manage a surge of COVID-19 patients in a resource poor setting? How are Christian hospitals coping, and what is God showing them in this situation?
[recorded 26 March 2020]

Episode 8 - The A&E doctor - 1 April 2020
Ed works in an accident and emergency department (A&E) in a major city. He is seeing fewer patients turning up due to social isolation but also dealing with more seriously ill patients with COVID-19. Despite the changing work profile and the pressures he faces, he is not fearful. What is the source of his confidence?
[recorded 26 March 2020]

Episode 9 - The Caribbean - 2 April 2020
Khara is an internal medicine doctor working in Barbados, where the COVID-19 pandemic is still in its early stages. How are health systems in the Caribbean managing and how are they seeking to limit the pandemic. What gives her hope in the face of the mounting strains on healthcare in Barbados and across the Caribbean?[recorded 26 March 2020 - please note the sound quality is not to our usual standard due to recording conditions]

Episode 10 - Indonesia - 4 April 2020
Dr Alva is a TB specialist with a nationwide role, as well as a leader in the Indonesian Christian Medical and Dental Association and the national Christian students' ministry. As a minority in a predominantly Muslim nation, what contribution can Christian health professionals make as COVID-19 becomes a growing health challenge?
[Recorded 31 March 2020]

Episode 11 - The Perinatal Psychiatrist- 5 April 2020
Abi is a perinatal psychiatrist (looking after mums and babies) in London. During a lockdown, vulnerable mothers face particular challenges, yet can only access services remotely. Maintaining services and communications with colleagues as well as patients creates particular problems. How can we pray for and support new mothers and those with mental health needs at this time.
[recorded 31 March 2020]

Episode 12 - The Trainee Anaesthetist - 6 April 2020
Alice is a trainee anaesthetist in the East of England. She is now solely working in critical care as the number of people with COVID-19 being admitted increases. Managing changing guidelines and limited access to equipment with limited control can create stresses and a sense of helplessness for all involved. How is her faith in Christ helping he to manage the situation without giving in to negativity?
[recorded 31 March 2020]

Alice's blog, Facing coronavirus (COVID-19): the practicalities of critical illness and the reality of our mortality, is available now.

Episode 13 - Laos - 7 April 2020
Alison is a nurse/midwife working in Southern Laos as part of a health and education project. Until recently, COVID-19 has not seemed like a big problem in Laos, but in the last week the national government has stepped up its response, despite the lack of resources to protect staff and treat the very sick. Alison and her team have sought to help the local community and local hospital prepare, but many challenges remain. In these uncertain times, how can we support and pray for the least resourced nations facing COVID-19?
[recorded 31 March 2020]

Episode 14 - The Hospital Chaplains - 8 April 2020
Graham and Christine work in a hospital chaplaincy team, providing spiritual care and support to patients and staff. COVID-19 has changed the way they can care significantly. Infection control means they cannot visit patients apart from exceptional circumstances. Caring for those who are seriously ill and isolated from loved ones is now very hard. Support for staff is also vital and is now the main focus of care. How can we engage with and support this largely invisible but vital behind the scenes role?
[recorded 1 April 2020]

Episode 14 - Uganda - 9 April 2020
Dr Stephen is a public health consultant in Kampala, Uganda, working globally in fragile states. Uganda went into a coronavirus lockdown just days after he returned from a recent visit. How is lockdown affecting Uganda, the church and how are he and his family coping with the lockdown?
[Recorded 1 March 2020]

Remember to join us at 7 pm (BST/UTC+1) every day for #COVID1900Prayer - a chance to pray for health workers, our nation and our world during the coronavirus pandemic.

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