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Spotlight |

COVID-19: Crisis update

COVID-19 is a disease caused by a contagious new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, and everyone is at risk of being infected. Health workers are on the frontline of the response to the pandemic and their protection is vital to ensure that ...
Feature story |
05 May 2020

In pictures: MSF responds to COIVD-19

MSF teams around the world are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, in both countries where we've previously worked, and those we haven't had to work in before. Here are our teams at work in pictures.

Statement |
03 May 2020

Concrete actions needed for global pledges to result in access for all

We welcome the efforts of the global health actors and other stakeholders to rally financial support to the research and development (R&D), manufacturing and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, diagnostics and therapeutics through the May 4th global pledging conference.

We are also pleased that the EU joined WHO and global health organisations’ call for action to accelerate the development, availability, and equitable access to safe, quality, effective and affordable diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines against coronavirus.

As organisations and individuals in the health sector defending  the public interest, we would like to underline the vital importance of the commitments in the call for action. We would also like to share recommendations to increase the accountability and public ownership of this pledging initiative and subsequent activities.

Letter |
09 April 2020

Letter to governments to revoke WTO ‘opt-out’ on compulsory licences

Over 25 years ago, a number of  countries decided to opt out of a WTO mechanism that allowed them to import drugs, vaccines or diagnostic tests made under compulsory license*. In the face of the overwhelming medical needs thrown up by the COVID-19 pandemic, we now join others to call for governments to revoke this decision.

Feature story |
31 March 2020

MSF response to coronavirus disease COVID-19 - Greece

Since the so-called EU-Turkey deal in March 2016, migrants and refugees previously in transit through the Greek islands have been trapped there for an indeterminate time in overcrowded, unsafe and unhygienic conditions, without access to basic services, adequate shelter or information on their legal status.

Feature story |
31 March 2020

MSF response to coronavirus disease COVID-19 - Syria

Civilian areas have been routinely bombed and deprived of assistance, and access to healthcare remains extremely poor in many areas. We operate in Syria where we can, but ongoing insecurity and access constraints – the Syrian government has not granted MSF authorisation to operate in the country – severely limit our activities and hamper our ability to provide humanitarian assistance that matches the scale of the needs.

Feature story |
31 March 2020

MSF response to coronavirus disease COVID-19 - Iran

In Darvazeh Ghar district, MSF runs a clinic offering a comprehensive package of medical services designed for high-risk patients who suffer from stigma and/or need more help to follow their treatment. 

Services include counselling and support from peer workers, psychosocial aid, medical and mental health consultations, ante- and postnatal care, family planning and treatment for sexually transmitted infections.  Patients can also be tested for communicable diseases such as HIV, tuberculosis and hepatitis C.

Feature story |
30 March 2020

MSF response to coronavirus disease COVID-19 - Belgium

Together with a number of other organisations, we set up a ‘humanitarian hub’ at the Gare du Nord, near Maximilian Park, in Brussels. Here, our psychologists offer counselling and mental health support as part of a complete package of services for migrants and refugees in transit.

We also offer mental health screening, counselling and psychoeducation to migrants and refugees in three reception centres and a number of individual housing projects in Charleroi and Roeselare.

Cultural briefings and recreational activities are organised to reinforce social networks, and people with symptoms of severe mental health problems are referred to specialist care as appropriate.