COVID-19

An MSF staff member registers a patient outside the MSF mobile clinic in Bukit Gudung, Penang. © Arnaud Finistre

If the government wants to create more trust among refugee and migrant communities to come forward and get screened for COVID-19, they should officially repeal Circular 10/ 2001, under which healthcare providers are obliged to report “ill

Grace Siemtharmawi, 17, is an MDR-TB patient. She stands in the door of the small house MSF built her next to her family home. © Jan-Joseph Stok
As the world grapples with the coronavirus COVID-19 global pandemic, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is concerned for vulnerable groups worldwide. People with tuberculosis (TB) are among the groups that may be particularly affected. Special attention will be needed to safeguard the continuity of...
MSF started activities in response to COVID-19 in France, focusing on vulnerable people living in the streets, such as migrants. On March 24th, 700 people were evacuated from a vacant lot in Aubervilliers near Paris, where they were living in precarious conditions. They were dispatched on various...
Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has sent a 50-bed inflatable treatment unit and an emergency team of nine people to Isfahan, the second worst affected province in Iran, to increase hospital capacity for treating the critically ill. MSF is in the process of setting up a...

How are you supposed to wash your hands regularly if you have no running water or soap? How can you implement "social distancing" if you live in a slum or a refugee camp? How are you supposed to stop crossing borders if you are fleeing from war?

A nurse wears a protective mask at Zugdidi regional TB hospital in Samegrelo, Georgia. © Daro Sulakauri/MSF
The COVID-19 pandemic has already spread to more than 100 countries around the world. These include countries whose health systems are fragile and where MSF teams have a long-standing presence, as well as regions such as Europe, where the capacities are more robust but where the epidemic is...
Carlotta, a nurse with MSF for 10 years, speaks with a hospital staff in Codogno hospital in Lombardia region, Italy. Her priority is to protect the hospital staff from contracting coronavirus COVID-19. © Lisa Veran/MSF
One week ago Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF) started to support the COVID-19 pandemic response at Codogno hospital, where the first Italian case was detected, in the region of Lombardy, northern Italy. Half of the 100 beds in this hospital are currently dedicated to...
A case of COVID-19 coronavirus on Lesbos has sparked fresh fears for the health and safety of people trapped in camps on the Greek islands. With unhygienic, cramped living conditions, the threat of an outbreak among people is very real, yet there are no epidemic response plans in place. MSF is...
While the reported number of cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) outside of China is relatively low, preparations to limit the further spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes the coronavirus COVID-19 disease, are essential. Dr Tankred Stoebe, MSF emergency coordinator, is currently travelling...
As part of the response to the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the health promotion activities in Hong Kong are in full swing with 11 sessions conducted since February. Our team has reached out to ethnic minorities, migrants and asylum seekers, street cleaners, visually impaired persons,...
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