1 year of COVID-19 interventions
MSF has worked with refugees and migrants in Belgium since 2017. Our teams offer mental health care and support in the response to COVID-19 for migrants and refugees in Brussels.  

In 2020, our teams worked in nursing homes and provided medical care to homeless people with COVID-19

Together with a number of other organisations, we set up a ‘humanitarian hub’ at the Port of Brussels. Here, our psychologists offer counselling and mental health support as part of a complete package of services for migrants and refugees in transit. 

In 2021, our teams in Brussels noticed more and more unaccompanied minors living alone on the streets. In October 2021, we opened a reception centre in collaboration with partners. More than 250 young migrants found protection, orientation and housing adapted to their vulnerable situation. Unfortunately, no agreement with the Belgian authorities to take over this shelter was found, and we were forced to close this project on 15 July, 2022.
 

Our activities in 2021 in Belgium

Data and information from the International Activity Report 2021

MSF in Belgium in 2021 In 2021, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) continued to work closely with vulnerable groups such homeless people and migrants, particularly unaccompanied minors.
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During winter and the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2021, we opened an emergency reception and care centre for the most vulnerable people in Brussels. The aim was to isolate and treat people if they tested positive for COVID-19. We also supported the COVID-19 vaccination campaign from May to September for all vulnerable people.

In parallel, emergency shelter interventions were launched in February and May 2021. During the interventions, we became aware of large numbers of unaccompanied foreign minors among our patients. These minors had not applied for asylum in Belgium and therefore found themselves without any support in the city. To address the specific needs of this vulnerable group, MSF opened an emergency reception centre, with a capacity of 80 beds, in October 2021. The centre provided a place where unaccompanied minors could access various services, including social support, medical and psychological care and recreational activities, as well as to food and shelter.

In addition, an MSF outreach team assisted people with, or at risk of contracting, COVID-19, who are living in squats. The team also ran health promotion, and infection prevention and control activities in shelters for homeless people and migrants.

We also continued to work in the Humanitarian Hub, a joint project with other Belgian aid organisations and a citizens' initiative in Brussels, where we have been offering mental healthcare to migrants since 2017.

Support during exceptional floods in Wallonia region
When Wallonia was hit by exceptional floods in early July, we launched an emergency intervention in Liège province, one of the worst-affected areas. Our team supported a reception centre for disaster victims by coordinating activities and providing mental health assistance.

 

in 2021
 
MSF Mobile Team in retiry home in Brussels
Belgium

Left behind in the time of COVID-19

Report 17 Jul 2020
 
MSF Mobile Team in retiry home in Brussels
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

Why protecting and supporting staff in care homes during COVID-19 is so vital

Voices from the Field 24 Apr 2020
 
MSF intervention in care homes
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

Out of view, but not out of mind: MSF's response to COVID-19 in care homes

Project Update 24 Apr 2020
 
COVID-19 Project in Brussels, Belgium
Belgium

COVID-19: MSF launches our largest ever response in Belgium

Project Update 3 Apr 2020
 
MSF starts COVID-19 coronavirus activities in France
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

MSF steps up COVID-19 response in Europe

Press Release 30 Mar 2020
 
Mediterranean migration

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MSF Belgium

HUB Brussels