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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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COVID-19: We need your support

Our emergency teams are experts at fighting disease outbreaks. With your support, we can help save the lives of people battling COVID-19. Right now, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is providing urgently needed medical care and support in more than 70 countries...

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Mediterranean migration: EU states use COVID-19 to shirk search and rescue obligations as MSF ends Ocean Viking partnership

AMSTERDAM – European governments must stop using the COVID-19 pandemic as an opportunity to enforce deadly migration control policies and must immediately lift the obstacles preventing NGOs from saving lives at sea, says Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in an urgent call today....

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COVID-19: Fighting the pandemic

Our expert teams are aiding the fight against the new coronavirus on four continents. This is MSF's response in pictures. As an emergency medical organisation, we've been fighting disease outbreaks for nearly 50 years. Our battle against COVID-19 began like many of our epidemic...

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Yemen: Authorities must do all they can to facilitate COVID-19 response

After the first case of coronavirus disease COVID-19 was confirmed in Yemen today, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) are calling for the authorities in Yemen to urgently allow the entrance of supplies and humanitarian staff to the country in order to facilitate a...

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Mumbai: As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, “I hope my treatment can continue and I can be cured.”

“We spent hundreds of rupees in private health clinics to trying to cure my tuberculosis, but none of the medication worked. The treatment included daily painful injections with lots of side-effects like vomiting, fatigue, loss of appetite… and sometimes even...

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India: MSF to support Bihar’s COVID-19 response by providing personal protective equipment (PPE)

New Delhi, India: As the number of people with COVID-19 continues to rise across India, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is supporting the Bihar State Government by providing crucially needed personal protective equipment for frontline healthcare workers. This includes N-95...

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COVID-19: MSF launches our largest ever response in Belgium

With just over 1,000 deaths from COVID-19 recorded for a population of 11 million, Belgium is one of the countries hardest hit by the pandemic, coming close behind Italy and Spain. Despite Belgium’s highly developed health system, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has launched our largest-ever response...

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Northwest Syria: “COVID-19 adds another layer of complexity to an already catastrophic situation”

Cristian Reynders, field coordinator for MSF operations in northwest Syria, explains what the potential spread of COVID-19 would mean in Idlib and how MSF is preparing for it. Not so long ago, COVID-19 was not yet making headlines worldwide. On...

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