COVID-19 Project in Mons, Belgium

Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

MSF teams are directly responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in over 40 countries worldwide.

Our COVID-19 response focuses on three main priorities:

•    supporting authorities to provide care for COVID-19 patients;
•    protecting people who are vulnerable and at risk;
•    and keeping essential medical services running.

Across our projects, MSF teams have been improving infection prevention and control measures to protect patients and staff, and prevent further spread of the new coronavirus. It is absolutely crucial to prevent health facilities from amplifying the pandemic or being forced to close their doors.

Scroll down to read the latest news and articles from our COVID projects.

*Source for global pandemic timeline information: Devex.com

Key concerns during COVID-19

We see this new coronavirus has crippled some of the most advanced health systems in the world. This has been in countries with a social safety net, where most people have access to running water and the space to self-isolate. Our greatest concern is for when the virus takes hold in places with more fragile health systems and no, or limited, basic safety net. Other concerns we have include:
Supplying oxygen to COVID-19 patients: Essential, and a huge challenge (EN)
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Supplying oxygen to COVID-19 patients: Essential, and a huge challenge

How do we supply oxygen to COVID-19 patients?

We cannot treat a person seriously ill with COVID-19 without oxygen. 80 per cent of people hospitalised because of COVID-19 need between three and 15 litres of oxygen per minute. For the 20 per cent who remain, the needs are more severe: more than 20 litres per minute.

Oxygen is therefore vital for them: without it they risk dying. But how do we give oxygen to our patients? What are the constraints of these various methods? And how do we put these systems in place in the countries where we work, particularly in a conflict context like Yemen?

 
Tackling COVID-19 in Lebanon, through prevention and vaccination
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

European Union: more empty promises about global COVID-19 vaccine equity

Project Update 15 Sep 2021
 
Caring for patients in Tefé
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Responding to COVID-19: Global Accountability Report 4 - January to April 2021

Report 12 Aug 2021
 
Al Jumhouri Covid center, Sanaa, Yemen
Yemen

Treating COVID-19 in Yemen amongst fear, stigma and misinformation

Project Update 11 Aug 2021
 
Beirut: 2 months after the blast
Lebanon

Beirut one year after the blast: Economic crisis and COVID-19 create the perfect storm

Project Update 3 Aug 2021
 
Mobile clinics in Fortaleza, Brazil
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 pandemic threatens to deteriorate in Brazil as 500,000 deaths recorded

Project Update 30 Jun 2021
 
Covid-19 intervention in Cusco
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

Situation in Peru remains critical as world’s worst-hit COVID-19 country

Press Release 4 Jun 2021
 
Treating the COVID-19 Second wave
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

More oxygen supplies needed to avoid COVID-19 patients “gasping for air”

Press Release 10 May 2021
 
MSF nurse distributing maks and soap in the hospital.jpg
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

Four questions on India’s second wave of COVID-19

Project Update 30 Apr 2021
 
Woman treated for COVID-19 Venezuela
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

Responding to COVID-19: Global Accountability Report 3 - September to December 2020

Report 29 Apr 2021
 
MSF supports COVID-19 response in Peru as hospitals face collapse
Peru

COVID-19 leaves high numbers of deaths and overwhelmed hospitals in Peru

Press Release 20 Apr 2021
 
MSF response to COVID-19 in Porto Velho - Rondonia
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

Failed COVID-19 response drives Brazil to humanitarian catastrophe

Press Release 15 Apr 2021
 
Iraq : Treating COVID-19 in Baghdad
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“Only vaccination will end the ferocious spread of COVID-19 in Iraq”

Opinion 31 Mar 2021
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