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?

 
Borno State – Gwoza
Nigeria

Other diseases will not relent in Borno state during COVID-19 pandemic

Project Update 3 Apr 2020
 
COVID-19 Project in Brussels, Belgium
Belgium

COVID-19: MSF launches our largest ever response in Belgium

Project Update 3 Apr 2020
 
COVID-19 Prevention in Northwest Syria
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

Northwest Syria: “COVID-19 adds another layer of complexity to an already catastrophic situation”

Voices from the Field 2 Apr 2020
 
Dr. Claudia Lodesani
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 pandemic brings new challenges to well-developed healthcare systems

Interview 31 Mar 2020
 
MSF starts COVID-19 coronavirus activities in France
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

MSF steps up COVID-19 response in Europe

Press Release 30 Mar 2020
 
MSF Intervention in Alcalá de Henares
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

MSF calls for no patents or profiteering on COVID-19 drugs and vaccines

Press Release 27 Mar 2020
 
Distribution in Deir Hassan
Syria

MSF provides relief items and adapts response for COVID-19 in Idlib

Project Update 27 Mar 2020
 
Infection prevention and hygiene measures in Abidjan
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

Preparation is key to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic in Côte d'Ivoire

Project Update 27 Mar 2020
 
The Migration Protection Protocol in the state of Tamaulipas
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

US must include asylum seekers in COVID-19 response, rather than shut border

Press Release 27 Mar 2020
 
MSF Intervention in Leganés
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

MSF steps up COVID-19 response with activities in Spain

Project Update 25 Mar 2020
 
Coronavirus: MSF intervenes in Iran
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

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

Statement 25 Mar 2020
 
Grace Siemtharmawi (17)
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19: Avoiding a ‘second tragedy’ for those with TB

Project Update 23 Mar 2020
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