COVID-19 : Caregivers At The Center Of The Second Wave


Wednesday, November 18th 15:15 - 16:15 (Swiss time)


Already under heavy pressure in the spring, the staff of care structures find themselves in extremely difficult situations during the second wave of the Covid 19 pandemic.

Patient care requires an extremely extensive care network both in the city and in the hospital, involving a complex set of professionals (doctor, nurse, laboratory technician, ambulance driver, care assistant, physiotherapist, etc.) and family carers.

The nursing staff, who are in great demand, are themselves exposed to the risk of contamination despite the respect of the barrier gestures that have been put in place. Like everyone else, these staff are also affected in the day-to-day running of their personal lives.

In spite of the HR reinforcement measures taken during the summer, the second wave arrives when staff are tired and the departments are faced with significant absenteeism due to staff infected with Covid or burn-out.

As staff are at the heart of care, it is essential to explore all possible measures to deal with this unprecedented situation.


Barbara Rau

Trainer at the Heaute School of Health in Geneva


Marie-Laure Carballo-Ehrler

Nurse leader of Care team, Geneva University Hospitals (HUG)

Jean Francois Corty

Clinical doctor, former Director of Operations of Medecins du Monde, medical coordinator of a covid center for precarious populations in Paris

Vincent Grattard

Human Resources Deputy Director, Geneva Institution for Home Maintenance (IMAD)

Amir Kigouk

Human Resources Deputy Director, Geneva University Hospitals (HUG)