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?

 
Consultation rooms in advanced health post
Burkina Faso

COVID-19 will worsen access to healthcare in Burkina Faso

Project Update 21 Apr 2020
 
Supporting Sudan against coronavirus COVID-19
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

MSF provides support to hospitals and sites in response to COVID-19 in Sudan

Project Update 20 Apr 2020
 
Ocean Viking – Restocking of supplies in the port of Marseille, France
Mediterranean migration

EU states use COVID-19 to shirk search and rescue obligations as MSF ends Ocean Viking partnership

Press Release 17 Apr 2020
 
Visitors pass by the COVID-19 pre-screening, Bamenda's St Mary Soledad Hospital
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

MSF supports COVID-19 response in Cameroon

Project Update 16 Apr 2020
 
Palliative care to cancer patients in Bamako, Mali
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

MSF working with Mali health authorities in treating COVID-19 patients in Bamako

Press Release 16 Apr 2020
 
MSF provides medical assistance in Covid+ centres in Paris and the suburbs
France

“Access to medical care must be maintained for the most vulnerable” during COVID-19 pandemic

Voices from the Field 14 Apr 2020
 
COVID-19 Prevention in Northwest Syria
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

Northwest Syria will “struggle to cope in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic”

Voices from the Field 14 Apr 2020
 
IPC training in Ibn El-Khateeb Hospital, Baghdad
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

MSF supports Iraqi hospitals responding to COVID-19

Project Update 14 Apr 2020
 
Medical activities in Hodeidah, Al Salakhana  hospital
Yemen

Authorities in Yemen must do all they can to facilitate COVID-19 response

Press Release 10 Apr 2020
 
MSF Intervention in Alcalá de Henares
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

Spain must urgently improve the care of elderly in COVID-19 response

Press Release 9 Apr 2020
 
COVID-19 training in Lebanon
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

MSF responds to COVID-19 in Lebanon

Project Update 9 Apr 2020
 
Coronavirus: MSF's mobile clinic for vulnerable groups
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

Ensuring medical care for vulnerable people in and around Paris as COVID-19 spreads

Project Update 3 Apr 2020
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