DWW Update Regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic

Due to the public health situation in Santa Barbara county involving the COVID-19 virus, Doctors Without Walls – Santa Barbara Street Medicine officially suspended all clinics, street rounds and outreach activities as of March 14, 2020. We are trying to maximize our impact within our community while protecting the health and safety of our volunteers and adhering to CDC recommendations on social distancing.

DWW is collaborating with our local partners and the Street Medicine Institute to assess strategies our organization can safely and responsibly employ to aid in the support of our underserved population during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our clinician volunteers are on the front lines and are keeping abreast of the public health directives and guidelines and are directing our efforts as appropriate.

With our traditional programs currently on hold, DWW is working to obtain supplies to be used for assembling and distribution of hospitality kits for our underserved population. These kits will contain items and information geared towards supporting our underserved during this time.

If you are interested in helping us with this effort, monetary donations would be of most benefit as it will allow us to obtain the supplies we need most for their support.

Thank for you your support and we look forward to re-starting our programs as soon as it is deemed appropriate to do so.

Street Medicine is the term used to define a collaboration of professionals who deliver health care and related services directly to people living and sleeping on the streets and in austere environments.

The term Street Medicine was coined by pioneer Dr. Jim Withers, one of the leaders in the movement, and one of the inspirations behind the creation of Doctors Without Walls-Santa Barbara Street Medicine.

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