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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

24/09/2021

Newest COVID-19 treatment recommended by WHO must be made accessible to everyone who needs it

Regeneron, which produces the two-drug treatment cocktail casirivimab/imdevimab, must ensure affordable pricing and adequate supply in low- and middle-income countries

10/09/2021

4 reasons why Pfizer, BioNTech and Moderna must share COVID-19 mRNA vaccine technology NOW

Imagine the difference it could make if African countries that are facing waves of COVID-19 infections didn't have to rely on imports of vaccines: they could produce them themselves.

10/09/2021

Surviving COVID-19 and living with the stigma in Homa Bay, Kenya

During the last surge from May to July 2021, MSF admitted 350 patients to its COVID-19 High Dependency Unit (HDU) in the Homa Bay County Teaching and Referral Hospital. The majority of the patients were in severe to critical condition. Three out of four required oxygen therapy. The hospital reported an average mortality rate of 30% in the COVID-19 HDU during the peak. In July 2021, MSF collected testimonies from patients who were treated at the hospital about their lives and attitudes towards safety and risk of getting COVID-19 –both before and after falling ill.

27/08/2021

Kenya: Curbing spread of diseases in Homa Bay county hospital

Alsahlmus Oketch is an Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Supervisor with MSF in Homa Bay. His role is very important because he ensures that appropriate measures are in place and upheld to prevent the spread of infections in the hospital where he works.

27/07/2021

South Africa Unrest: Supporting overstretched health centres and vulnerable communities in the aftermath of the violence

Over 270 people were reported killed in riots and looting that also disrupted access to crucial healthcare services, food, fuel and other essentials. Trucks, stores and shopping malls were burned and looted, as well as 90 pharmacies and some medical centres.

22/07/2021

MSF: No COVID-19 booster shots anywhere before healthcare workers and vulnerable people everywhere have access

Billions of vulnerable people and healthcare workers still waiting for first vaccine doses across low- and middle-income countries

25/06/2021

Homa Bay: Stronger response needed to alleviate loss of lives as covid-19 situation worsens

Homa Bay, Friday, 25 June 2021: Many patients with COVID-19 in Homa Bay County risk losing their lives due to complications from the virus if the response is not ramped up in the county, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is warning.

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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