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?

 
Survivor of Torture COVID testimony
Greece

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Voices from the Field 5 May 2020
 
Covid-19 Response in Liberia
Liberia

MSF supports efforts to treat COVID-19 in Liberia

Interview 4 May 2020
 
Increasing activities in Matamoros-covid19
United States of America

MSF demands US ends deportations to stop COVID-19 spread to fragile health systems

Press Release 4 May 2020
 
COVID-19 response in Intensive care unit of HUG
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

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Voices from the Field 27 Apr 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
 
New York City COVID-19 Response
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

Vulnerable communities in the US in urgent need of protection from COVID-19

Project Update 24 Apr 2020
 
The Israeli barrier and a desert street in Tubas, West Bank
Palestine

Like a virus, violence spreads in the West Bank amid COVID-19

Project Update 23 Apr 2020
 
Intervention in Marche region
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

A race against the pandemic – MSF COVID-19 crisis update

Crisis Update 23 Apr 2020
 
MSF Covid-19 Response in Pakistan
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MSF launches a COVID-19 emergency response in Timergara, Pakistan

Project Update 22 Apr 2020
 
COVID-19 São Paulo, Brazil
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

MSF provides care to vulnerable people during COVID-19 response in Brazil

Project Update 22 Apr 2020
 
Al Hole Camp - Eastern Al Hasakah Governorate
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

Concerns mount over COVID-19 response in northeast Syria

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