COVID-19

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has expanded activities in response to COVID-19 in Italy, Spain, Switzerland, France, Norway, Greece and Belgium. Helping the Elderly Elderly people are among the most vulnerable to severe infection from COVID-19. In Italy, Belgium and Spain, we have extended...
Rationing because of high prices and insufficient supply will prolong pandemic Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) called for no patents or profiteering on drugs, tests, or vaccines used for the COVID-19 pandemic, and for governments to prepare to suspend and override patents and...
Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is ready to deploy its emergency team and inflatable 50-bed facility elsewhere in Iran or to other countries where they are urgently needed. MSF expresses its incomprehension following today’s declarations by officials of the Iranian Ministry...
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...
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