COVID-19 Project in Mons, Belgium

Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

MSF teams are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in over 70 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?

 
Oxygen bottles in Yemen
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

“We have a lot of people that die quickly” of COVID-19 in Yemen

Project Update 2 Jun 2020
 
Libya: Crisis Within a Crisis
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Conflict and COVID-19 adds up to a crisis within a crisis in Libya

2 Jun 2020
Photo Story
 
Venezuela: MSF opens COVID-19 centre in Caracas
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

MSF opens COVID-19 centre in Venezuela

Project Update 29 May 2020
 
MSF Measles Intervention Bossangoa: Measles Hospital Ward
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

Continuing essential medical services during COVID-19

Project Update 28 May 2020
 
Responding to COVID-19 in Ukraine
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

Unregulated market for personal protective equipment puts lives at risk

Press Release 28 May 2020
 
MSF nurse during screening activities with Warao people (indegenous group from Venezuela) at a shelter in Manaus, Brazil.
Brazil

MSF responds to the COVID-19 pandemic in Amazonas

Press Release 27 May 2020
 
MSF COVID-19 Response in Lebanon
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

Offering extra protection against COVID-19 to Lebanon’s most vulnerable

Project Update 26 May 2020
 
MSF intervention in care homes
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

MSF concludes COVID-19 response in Spain

Press Release 25 May 2020
 
Al Amal COVID-19 Isolation and treatment center
Yemen

Catastrophe unfolding in Aden’s only COVID-19 treatment centre

Press Release 21 May 2020
 
An MSF nurse waits to be called up to a patient's room in the COVID+ centre in Chatenay-Malabry, in the Parisian suburbs
Photo Story

In pictures: MSF responds to COVID-19

19 May 2020
Photo Story
 
Drouillard
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

MSF opens a COVID-19 treatment centre in Haiti

Project Update 18 May 2020
 
MSF activities, Moria Clinic
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

Five things we can do to protect people on the move during COVID-19

Project Update 18 May 2020
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