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COVID-19: What is MSF doing?

MSF teams are racing to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in the more than 70 countries in which we run programmes, while opening projects in new countries as they become pandemic hotspots.

MSF’s COVID-19 response focuses on three main priorities: supporting health authorities to provide care for patients with COVID-19; 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 coronavirus.  It is absolutely crucial to protect health workers and patients both in COVID-19 care centres and in all other centres providing vital health services, to prevent health facilities from amplifying the pandemic or being forced to close their doors. 

Health systems worldwide are urgently in need of personal protective equipment (PPE) so that essential medical services can stay open.  The global shortage of PPE is indicative of the reality for health workers in most countries where we work, who face shortages of crucial items such as masks and aprons, and medical tools such as tests. Having access to protective equipment, to COVID-19 tests, to oxygen and to drugs for supportive care, becomes more and more urgent as COVID-19 spreads in countries with little access to these tools.

MORE ON OUR WORK ON COVID-19

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 

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.

30/07/2020

No profiteering from COVID-19 test

Cepheid has set the price for each COVID-19 test at US$19.80 in 145 developing countries, including the world’s poorest countries where people live on less than two dollars per day. 

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.

13/07/2020

More than 8,313 people access online mental health support tool in the past month

MSF's online mental health support tool helps people to deal with their emotions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

08/07/2020

South Africa: Supporting mental health during a pandemic

“It’s not like a broken leg that you can see and the world responds appropriately. A broken mind or soul is hard to identify” – Leigh-Anne Snyman, nurse specialising in patient support, Doctors Without Borders (MSF)

Ether, an advanced HIV patient in Malawi, with her medication in her hands
06/07/2020

MSF response to the release of UNAIDS 2020 Global AIDS Update Report

MSF joins UNAIDS in calling for countries to implement practices to help mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on HIV treatment services, including ways to provide people with HIV with multiple months of treatment at one time

A health promoter in Martissant , Port-Au-Prince, Haiti © MSF/Lunos Saint-Brave
06/07/2020

Between denial and fears about COVID-19 in Haiti, health promotion on the front line

Health promoters play a key role in responding to people’s concerns in the face of COVID-19 and encourage them to seek timely health care.  Nathalie Destiné Charles, MSF Health Promotion Team Supervisor in Martissant  and Julie Rolinet, MSF Health Promotion Manager in Port-au-Prince describe MSF efforts to increase community engagement with the aim of promoting preventive measures to limit the spread of the disease but also to address rumors and reduce stigmatization.

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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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COVID-19: What is MSF doing?

MSF teams are racing to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in the more than 70 countries in which we run programmes, while opening projects in new countries as they become pandemic hotspots.

MSF’s COVID-19 response focuses on three main priorities: supporting health authorities to provide care for patients with COVID-19; 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 coronavirus.  It is absolutely crucial to protect health workers and patients both in COVID-19 care centres and in all other centres providing vital health services, to prevent health facilities from amplifying the pandemic or being forced to close their doors. 

Health systems worldwide are urgently in need of personal protective equipment (PPE) so that essential medical services can stay open.  The global shortage of PPE is indicative of the reality for health workers in most countries where we work, who face shortages of crucial items such as masks and aprons, and medical tools such as tests. Having access to protective equipment, to COVID-19 tests, to oxygen and to drugs for supportive care, becomes more and more urgent as COVID-19 spreads in countries with little access to these tools.

MORE ON OUR WORK ON COVID-19