COVID-19 Project in Mons, Belgium

Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

MSF teams are directly responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in countries all over the world.

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, including via vaccination;
•    and keeping essential medical services running.

Across our projects, MSF teams have implemented infection prevention and control measures to protect patients and staff. Having access to protective equipment, to COVID-19 tests, to oxygen and to drugs for supportive care or treatment, is essential as COVID-19 spreads in countries with little access to these tools.

Teams are also vaccinating people to protect against COVID-19 in multiple countries. We’re also speaking out on the need for equitable access to COVID-19 tools, including vaccines and treatments. 

Scroll down to read the latest news and articles from our COVID projects.

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?

 
Iraq : Treating COVID-19 in Baghdad
Iraq

The restless challenge of tackling COVID-19 in Iraq

Project Update 21 Jan 2022
 
Yangon COVID-19 treatment centre at Aung San Tuberculosis Hospital
Myanmar

Responding to COVID-19 during political crisis in Myanmar

Voices from the Field 30 Dec 2021
 
Northeast Syria COVID-19 | Raqqa Hospital Medical Care
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

Responding to COVID-19: Global Accountability Report 5 - May to September 2021

Report 8 Dec 2021
 
Treating the COVID-19 Second wave
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

In an unequal world, our response to COVID-19 cannot be one size-fits-all

Opinion 3 Dec 2021
 
Al-Wahda hospital
World Health Assembly

Pandemic preparedness and response: some lessons learnt

Statement 30 Nov 2021
 
Imphal COVID-19 Intervention
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

Providing support for COVID-19 in Manipur

Project Update 5 Nov 2021
 
Northeast Syria COVID-19 | Raqqa Hospital Medical Care
Syria

Worst wave yet of COVID-19 in northern Syria overwhelms health system

Press Release 13 Oct 2021
 
Tackling COVID-19 in Lebanon, through prevention and vaccination
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

European Union: more empty promises about global COVID-19 vaccine equity

Project Update 15 Sep 2021
 
Caring for patients in Tefé
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

Responding to COVID-19: Global Accountability Report 4 - January to April 2021

Report 12 Aug 2021
 
Al Jumhouri Covid center, Sanaa, Yemen
Yemen

Treating COVID-19 in Yemen amongst fear, stigma and misinformation

Project Update 11 Aug 2021
 
Beirut: 2 months after the blast
Lebanon

Beirut one year after the blast: Economic crisis and COVID-19 create the perfect storm

Project Update 3 Aug 2021
 
Mobile clinics in Fortaleza, Brazil
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 pandemic threatens to deteriorate in Brazil as 500,000 deaths recorded

Project Update 30 Jun 2021
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