Responding to COVID-19 pandemic in Mumbai

© Abhinav Chatterjee/MSF

What We Do

In response to the current COVID-19 crisis in India, MSF has restarted its emergency operations in Mumbai, Maharashtra. The city is very densely populated and the poor and dilapidated hygiene conditions are a triple trigger for the virus to breed, infect and spread rapidly.

We have a team of doctors and nurses working at dedicated COVID-19 health centres in the city. The centre, operated in collaboration with the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai, is composed of two tents, each with a capacity of 1,000 beds, to provide treatment to people with moderate and severe COVID-19.

We are providing health promotion messages in the community, along with water and sanitation activities, in Mumbai’s M-East Ward.

Also, our teams are scaling up screening, shielding, testing and referral activities for drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) patients.

The second wave of COVID-19 in India has been devastating, with a catastrophic rise in the numbers of new infections in recent weeks.

Healthcare facilities and staff across the country are struggling to cope with the surge in the number of cases of COVID-19 due to shortage of hospital beds for people with severe cases, plus shortages of oxygen and medicines and limited human resources.

Maharashtra has reported the highest number of COVID-19 cases in India and Mumbai has been one of the hotspots in the country.

Work So Far

Since May 2020, MSF has implemented a comprehensive COVID-19 emergency intervention from the community level to the health facility level in Mumbai’s M East Ward. Working with the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai, MSF
supported the management of moderate cases at the Dedicated COVID-19 Health Centre (DCHC) to improve quality of care and treatment outcomes for moderate cases, to reduce the severity of their illness and consequently to decongest
hospitals. 

Our teams carried out health promotion activities within the informal settlements (population 400,000), distributing cloth masks and soap to vulnerable groups (the elderly and people living with diabetes, hypertension, TB and HIV). Water and sanitation teams disinfected and cleaned 20 community toilet blocks (400 toilets) to reduce the risk of disease transmission within the community. 

During the second wave, our team of doctors and nurses continued working at dedicated COVID-19 health centres in the city. The centre, operated in collaboration with the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai, composed of two tents, each with a capacity of 1,000 beds, to provide treatment to people with moderate and severe COVID-19.

Our teams actively identified cases, conducted screening and appropriate triage for infection prevention and control for tuberculosis/drug-resistant tuberculosis patients at Shatabdi hospital and the MSF independent clinic. Patients coinfected with COVID-19 and tuberculosis were referred for inpatient management and treatment to Sewri hospital.

MSF teams further provided prevention kits, counselling and phone follow-up to high-risk patients, including TB/DR-TB, diabetes melitus patients and the elderly. 

The project was closed in September 2021

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installed high flow nasal oxygen machines
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Hygiene kits (containing 10 cloth masks and 8 bars of soap) distributed M S
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COVID-19 awareness to people
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