COVID-19 Project in Mons, Belgium

Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

MSF teams are directly responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in countries all over the world.

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, including via vaccination;
•    and keeping essential medical services running.

Across our projects, MSF teams have implemented infection prevention and control measures to protect patients and staff. Having access to protective equipment, to COVID-19 tests, to oxygen and to drugs for supportive care or treatment, is essential as COVID-19 spreads in countries with little access to these tools.

Teams are also vaccinating people to protect against COVID-19 in multiple countries. We’re also speaking out on the need for equitable access to COVID-19 tools, including vaccines and treatments. 

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

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?

 
Coronavirus: MSF intervenes in Iran
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

MSF “deeply surprised” that Iranian authorities put a stop to our COVID-19 response

Press Release 25 Mar 2020
 
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COVID-19: Avoiding a ‘second tragedy’ for those with TB

Project Update 23 Mar 2020
 
MSF provides support with response in second worst affected province in Iran
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

MSF sends hospital and medical team to treat COVID-19 patients in Iran

Project Update 22 Mar 2020
 
MSF activities in Titao - February 2020
Burkina Faso

Four questions on the unprecedented humanitarian emergency in Burkina Faso

Interview 20 Mar 2020
 
Codogno Hospital, Lodi Province
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

“Our priority is to protect hospital staff” where COVID-19 began in Italy

Project Update 20 Mar 2020
 
Maroua Regional Hospital - August 2019
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

Vulnerable communities are bracing for impact of COVID-19

Op-Ed 20 Mar 2020
 
Codogno Hospital, Lodi Province
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

In the midst of COVID-19, “we’re getting down to work”

Open Letter 20 Mar 2020
 
Covid-19
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

As COVID-19 continues to spread, MSF prepares for action in France

Press Release 18 Mar 2020
 
Respirator Masks
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

Help and solidarity needed in Europe to protect medical staff from COVID-19

Press Release 16 Mar 2020
 
Georgia: DR-TB patients find hope in new treatments
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

Challenges in supporting COVID-19 response

Interview 16 Mar 2020
 
Lesbos and Samos Oct2019
Refugees, IDPs and people on the move

Evacuation of squalid Greek camps more urgent than ever over COVID-19 fears

Press Release 12 Mar 2020
 
MSF intervention in Lodi
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

MSF starts COVID-19 response activities in four northern Italian hospitals

Press Release 12 Mar 2020
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