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Access to healthcare 

Not everything strikes without warning; some disasters are slow. They unfold over decades as a disease affects a population, instability undermines the health system or people are actively excluded from receiving healthcare.

After a rapid emergency subsides people can also find it difficult to access healthcare as the area struggles to recover, the government is overwhelmed by the scale of the problems or new health problems are sparked, such as cholera outbreaks when clean water supplies are disrupted. In these cases, MSF works to give people access to health care and to tackle diseases which need long term treatment, such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and neglected tropical diseases like sleeping sickness.

Pierre Badarani at the MSF tent in Mar Mikhael neighborhood
12/08/2020

Lebanon: MSF teams providing medical and mental health support to Beirut’s most affected communities

MSF is carrying out an emergency response to support the people most impacted by the explosion in Beirut 

Wound and burn care medical point © Mohamad Cheblak/MSF
07/08/2020

MSF teams working to support Beirut’s health services in the aftermath of the blast

Two days later the death toll is still growing as more bodies are found under the rubble.

06/08/2020

South Africa: Western Cape begins to breathe after COVID-19 peak

Due to a decrease in admissions of people with COVID-19, MSF and the Department of Health have decided to scale down and close the facility by mid-August, with MSF now shifting focus to the Eastern Cape Province.

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24/07/2020

Highlights from our work - July 2020

From responding to COVID-19 in our projects to treating malaria in Sierra Leone, watch some highlights from our work this year. 
Mothers during the follow up weekly visit with their child suffering from malnutrition.
23/07/2020

“Simplifying isn’t as simple as it sounds!”

We talk to nutrition advisor Béatrice Mounier about simplifying the protocol for diagnosing and managing acute malnutrition in Niger. 

16/07/2020

Burkina Faso: Living conditions worsen for displaced people as violence escalates and rainy season begins

The number of displaced people seeking safety in Burkina Faso’s Centre-North region has almost doubled in six months to 386,000 as a result of growing insecurity and violence. Many have no option but to stay in improvised shelters in remote areas, without basic services and exposed to the elements.

13/07/2020

Yemen: As COVID-19 spreads, fear drives people away from hospital

Many Yemenis are not seeking medical care in hospitals due to fear of contracting the virus, of stigmatization by the community or because of rumours circulating around the quality of care and protocols implemented in COVID-19 centers.

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COVID-19 Coronavirus

Most of the world's countries have reported cases of coronavirus disease COVID-19 and MSF teams in over 70 countries are now racing to respond to the pandemic.  

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Access to healthcare 

Not everything strikes without warning; some disasters are slow. They unfold over decades as a disease affects a population, instability undermines the health system or people are actively excluded from receiving healthcare.

After a rapid emergency subsides people can also find it difficult to access healthcare as the area struggles to recover, the government is overwhelmed by the scale of the problems or new health problems are sparked, such as cholera outbreaks when clean water supplies are disrupted. In these cases, MSF works to give people access to health care and to tackle diseases which need long term treatment, such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and neglected tropical diseases like sleeping sickness.