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COVID-19: MSF welcomes WHO solidarity call to action to share COVID-19 technology and intellectual property

Initiative is an important first step, but governments must make binding commitments to guarantee access GENEVA - Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) welcomed today’s launch of the World Health Organization (WHO) Solidarity Call to Action for equitable global access to...

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Spain: MSF concludes COVID-19 response in Spain

BARCELONA - More than two months after activating teams to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in Spain, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is ending our direct intervention in the country, having completed our mission to support the public health system to overcome the...

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Bihar: MSF to set up COVID-19 treatment facility in Patna

To fight the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) will soon launch its response to coronavirus in Patna, Bihar.The teams are working to set up a 100-bed COVID-19 treatment facility in the indoor stadium of Patliputra Sports...

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Yemen: Catastrophe unfolding in Aden’s only COVID-19 treatment centre

The number of deaths occurring in the COVID-19 treatment centre that MSF runs in Aden, Yemen, speaks to a wider catastrophe unfolding in the city. The UN and donor states need to do more urgently to help the response. The centre that MSF runs...

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Five things we can do to protect people on the move during COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is disproportionately impacting the world’s most vulnerable. Among them are more than 70 million forcibly displaced people worldwide – refugees, asylum seekers, internally displaced people (IDPs) – as well as migrant workers, including undocumented migrants. Many of these men,...

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Jammu and Kashmir: Pre-existing mental health needs, Kashmir and COVID-19

Ajaz Ahmad Sofi, Clinical Psychologist at MSF mental health care project in Jammu and Kashmir writes how our teams are working to meet a huge need for psychological support in the valley. "Complaints related to mental health are not new...

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Three ways to cope with stress and anxiety during an epidemic

Are you in self-isolation? Is your mind surrounded by information related to the epidemic/pandemic? In difficult times, like during a pandemic, many people start feeling stressed, anxious and have other overwhelming emotions. MSF Psychologist Sharika Amin offers three ways to...

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Bangladesh: Five challenges for the Rohingya in Bangladesh amid COVID-19

One of the most densely populated countries in the world, Bangladesh also houses the world’s largest refugee camp. Across Cox’s Bazar, nearly one million Rohingya refugees live in overcrowded, unsanitary conditions. As COVID-19 spreads through Bangladesh, these are the five key challenges to overcome. 1. Highly...

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Overwhelming, lonely, stressful – life in a COVID-19 unit in Geneva

Kathrine Zimmerman is a nurse who has worked in intensive care units at the Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève (HUG), the university teaching hospital in Geneva, Switzerland. For 10 years, she completed humanitarian missions in Africa, Central America and Switzerland.  She currently...

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Out of view, but not out of mind: MSF’s response to COVID-19 in care homes

The COVID-19 pandemic cannot be said to have gone unnoticed as it crashes around the globe. But in the places it has hit hardest, the virus has made its way silently into all corners of society’s fabric. And it has taken one...

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A race against the pandemic – MSF COVID-19 crisis update

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. Our COVID-19 response focuses on three main priorities: supporting health authorities...

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Syria: Concerns mount over COVID-19 response in northeast Syria

AMSTERDAM/NORTHEAST SYRIA — As the first reported death from COVID-19 is confirmed in northeast Syria, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is concerned about the region’s preparedness and capacity to respond to an outbreak. A weakened health system, delays in testing and border closures...

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