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Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

The knock-on effects of COVID-19

From Latin America to Africa and from Asia to Europe, the pandemic has cost millions of lives. At the same time, it has affected people’s ability to access essential health services. In many places, the devastating knock-on effects of the pandemic have left people without lifesaving assistance. MSF teams working in more than 70 countries around the world have often struggled to respond both to the direct consequences of COVID-19 and to other medical emergencies, while dealing with restrictions on travel and impacts on essential medical supplies.

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The knock-on effects of COVID-19

Venezuela

A struggling health system

In a country where the health system has all but collapsed, COVID-19 has prevented even more people from accessing medical care, whether for chronic diseases or for emergency care for their children.

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The knock-on effects of COVID-19

France

The virus hits Europe

Europe has not escaped COVID-19 nor the constraints it has brought – indeed at times it has been the epicentre of the pandemic.

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The knock-on effects of COVID-19

Central African Republic

Low deaths but high impact

Central African Republic (CAR) is one of many African nations where the pandemic did not reach the catastrophic levels predicted. While this is a huge relief, the knock-on effects of COVID-19 on the fragile healthcare system have been considerable.

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