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COVID-19: Escaping first Libya, and then coronavirus in Germany

Stefanie, a midwife at Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and Abdoulaye* from Gambia met twice within a few months in extraordinary circumstances: first on a search and rescue boat in the Mediterranean, then in quarantine for coronavirus in eastern Germany. This is...

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Out of sight, people suffer from rise in violence in eastern Burkina Faso

Op-ed by Abdallah Hussein, MSF head of mission in Burkina Faso While COVID-19 makes headlines around the world, less visible humanitarian crises continue to deteriorate. In the villages of Burkina Faso’s eastern region, killings, abductions and looting are now a regular occurrence. This...

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Yemen: “We have a lot of people that die quickly” of COVID-19 in Yemen

A car drove up to the low, white building that is the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) COVID-19 treatment centre in Aden, southwestern Yemen. In it was a man aged around 60 who was coughing and struggling for breath. He managed...

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COVID-19: Unregulated market for personal protective equipment puts lives at risk

Regulation to ensure that personal protective equipment (PPE) is distributed in an equitable and transparent manner during the COVID-19 pandemic must be put in place, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has urged. Since the beginning of the pandemic, competition in the...

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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...

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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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