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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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COVID-19: Diagnostic company Cepheid charging four times more than it should for COVID-19 tests

GENEVA – Given the urgent global need for rapid, point-of-care diagnostic tests to deal with the continuous spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) calls on US diagnostics firm Cepheid to allocate its COVID-19 tests (Xpert Xpress...

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Kyrgyzstan: In remote parts, COVID-19 puts a strain on the health system

As COVID-19 cases surge in Kyrgyzstan, especially in the capital Bishkek, rural and remote regions are bracing themselves for the virus by scaling up preventive measures, while simultaneously striving to guarantee essential medical care, especially for women and children. Despite the country’s strong...

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Syria: COVID-19 provokes fears over further health system decline in northwestern Syria

Four months after COVID-19 was officially declared an international pandemic, the disease has made its way into northwest Syria, with a first case confirmed on 9 July. Since then, 18 more people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the area. More than half of...

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Greece: Greek government must end lockdown for locked up people on Greek islands

COVID-19-related lockdown measures have had an impact on the lives of everyone around the world and generated increasing levels of stress and anxiety for many of us. However, the restriction of movement imposed in places like Moria and Vathy, on...

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Greece: Vulnerable refugees evicted and left to sleep on streets

Athens: An increasing number of refugees in Greece with severe health and mental health conditions are being threatened with eviction from their accommodation, cut off from cash assistance and left in the streets without access to shelter, protection or proper healthcare....

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Bihar: To the one fighting against all odds

Currently working in Bihar at a COVID-19 treatment centre, Dr Nimrat Kaur, Regional Deputy Project Coordinator - Asia at Medecins Sans Frontieres, also known as Doctors Without Borders, has been treating patients under harsh, often unhygienic and overcrowded conditions, where...

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