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5 reasons a new proposal by India and South Africa could be a gamechanger in the COVID-19 response

5 reasons a new proposal by India and South Africa could be a gamechanger in the COVID-19 response. And why ALL governments should support it. On October 2, 2020, India and South Africa submitted a landmark proposal to the World Trade...

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Access to Medicines: In landmark move, India and South Africa propose no patents on COVID-19 medicines, tools during pandemic

Governments make request to WTO for intellectual property waiver for all countries until herd immunity reached Geneva - In a landmark move, India and South Africa on 2 October asked the World Trade Organization (WTO) to allow all countries to...

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Tackling COVID-19 in Hebron, the epicentre of the outbreak in Palestine

Palestine is experiencing a spike in COVID-19 cases, both in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Of the more than 43,000 cases confirmed in the West Bank since the start of the pandemic, more than a third have been in Hebron governorate...

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Iraq: COVID-19 outbreak in Baghdad is “very alarming”

The COVID-19 pandemic has become very alarming in Iraq, with the country currently reporting close to 4,000 new cases every day and around 500 deaths a week. Over the past month alone, more than 100,000 cases have been identified in the country. And...

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Syria: Ten-fold increase in COVID-19 cases adds new challenges in northwest Syria

Northwest Syria is currently witnessing a sharp increase in the number of patients with COVID-19, which is now ten times higher than what it was just a month ago. As of 22 September, 640 people had tested positive for the new coronavirus in the region,...

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Mumbai: Responding to COVID-19 in slums of M-East ward

In June 2020, MSF teams started their COVID-19 response in the slums of M-East ward, Mumbai. MSF is collaborating with the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) to reduce the mortality and morbidity due to COVID-19 by improving the capacity...

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Overcrowded, dense, dilapidated… the realities of containing COVID-19 in Mumbai’s informal settlements

In late-August, India surpassed the three-million-mark of people infected by COVID-19. Maharashtra has reported the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the country, with more than a quarter of the total. Two in three of these were in the city...

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Syria: “In Al-Hol camp, almost no healthcare is available and the consequences are devastating”

As numbers of patients with COVID-19 grow in northeast Syria, the pandemic is having a knock-on impact on other health services in a region where some 700,000 people are displaced from their homes. MSF emergency manager for Syria Will Turner describes the situation...

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Spain: MSF calls for urgent measures in care homes to prevent more deaths from COVID-19

BARCELONA – The horrific death toll of elderly people in care homes during the worst months of the COVID-19 pandemic in Spain should never happen again. It is estimated that the elderly who died in these centres (27,359 between 6 April...

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Bihar: “Corona, corona, give our ball back!”

Challenges, fears and stigma of working on the frontline of COVID-19 in India. A blog by Smriti Singh* The COVID-19 pandemic has posed a unique challenge before frontline workers — it is to strike a balance between helping patients cope...

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Bihar: Providing mental healthcare for COVID-19 patients

Medical teams at MSF's COVID-19 treatment centre in Bihar experience various challenges during the process of providing care to patients everyday. Doctors and nurses have to constantly fight not just the disease but also fear, stigma and misinformation related to...

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India: On the frontline against COVID-19

In mid-June, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) opened a 100-bed COVID-19 treatment centre in Patna, the capital of Bihar state in northeast India.As coronavirus cases continue to surge across the country (1,6 million cases as of 31 July), we...

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