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?

 
Mental Health Crisis is Brewing in Dadaab
Kenya

COVID-19 further fuels mental health crisis in Dadaab as durable solutions falter

Project Update 9 Oct 2020
 
Doctor iilaya talking to patient pramod in the HFNC ward
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

MSF supports India and South Africa ask to waive COVID-19 patent rights

Press Release 7 Oct 2020
 
MSF provides medical assistance in Covid+ centres in Paris and the suburbs
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

High COVID-19 rates found among people living in extreme hardship in Paris

Press Release 6 Oct 2020
 
COVID-19 Intervention: National Public Health Laboratory, Juba
South Sudan

Young biotechnologists at the forefront of the COVID-19 response

Project Update 1 Oct 2020
 
COVID-19 ward in Al-Kindy hospital, Baghdad
Iraq

COVID-19 outbreak in Baghdad is “very alarming”

Project Update 24 Sep 2020
 
Surge in COVID-19 cases adds new challenges to the humanitarian response in north-west Syria
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

Ten-fold increase in COVID-19 cases adds new challenges in northwest Syria

Project Update 22 Sep 2020
 
Palestine: Tackling COVID-19 in Hebron, the epicenter of the outbreak
Palestine

Tackling COVID-19 in Hebron, the epicentre of the outbreak in Palestine

Project Update 21 Sep 2020
 
Eshowe Rural COVID-19 Response
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 and rural South Africa

org.za 21 Sep 2020
 
Home visit at indigenous village of Limao Verde
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

MSF works to prevent spread of COVID-19 among indigenous people in Mato Grosso do Sul

Project Update 17 Sep 2020
 
Mask distribution in Machar Colony
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Snakes, ladders and COVID-19: Pakistan

msf.org 14 Sep 2020
 
Pakistan: Meeting regular health needs amid the COVID-19 pandemic
Pakistan

Meeting regular health needs amid the COVID-19 pandemic in Pakistan

Project Update 8 Sep 2020
 
Yasin, 9 year-old boy in Moria
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

Greek police enforce unwarranted and cruel quarantine of Moria camp on Lesbos

Statement 3 Sep 2020
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