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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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Central African Republic: In times of COVID-19, malaria remains the number one killer of children in CAR

The hospital in Batangafo – a town of 31,000 people, including 22,000 displaced from elsewhere in the Central African Republic – is bustling with activity. While a particular focus has been placed on infection prevention and control measures to identify and isolate...

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Chhattisgarh: Providing mobile healthcare in the Indian jungle during COVID-19

Irish MSF Project Coordinator Sarah Leahy describes a day working with MSF at a mobile healthcare clinic in Bijapur, India.  'The car comes to a sudden halt. A herd of cattle blocks the road on which our mobile clinic team...

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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 state 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...

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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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Iraq: Yazidi community suffers one crisis after another

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a profound impact on the Yazidi community in the Sinjar district of northwest Iraq. Although there are not many cases recorded in the area, the restrictive measures adopted in Iraq (as in many other countries worldwide) to curb...

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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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Iraq: MSF works on dual front of COVID-19 and lifesaving medical care in Mosul

Iraq has long suffered from war and political instability. The most recent conflict ended in 2017, when Mosul was recaptured after almost three years under the control of the Islamic State (IS) group. Three years later, the consequences of the conflicts in...

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South Africa: Western Cape begins to breathe after COVID-19 peak

On 1 June, the day Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) opened Khayelitsha Field Hospital, 1,730 new COVID-19 cases were recorded in South Africa’s Western Cape. To relieve the immense pressure on the Khayelitsha District Hospital, 17 patients were transferred...

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