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Crises haven’t stopped for COVID-19. Neither have we.

12 Nov 20 | 20 Nov 20

Crises haven’t stopped for COVID-19. Neither have we.

Crises haven’t stopped for COVID-19. Neither have we.

Conflict, disaster and disease are hitting people hard in crisis zones around the world – only now with the added threat of a global pandemic.

Our work delivering emergency medical care to vulnerable people in over 70 countries has never been more difficult.

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Our supplies and staff are stretched by this worldwide health emergency.

But, despite the pandemic, babies are still being born. Children are still catching preventable diseases. And conflict is still causing life-threatening injuries.

We’ve continued to care for people living through some of the worst health crises in the world today, by adapting to the dangers caused by the virus.

COVID-19 hasn't stopped us

Childbirth in Afghanistan

Afghanistan remains one of the most dangerous places in the world to give birth.

The impact of COVID-19 has only added to the risks faced by mothers, newborns and midwives.

Our teams have adapted our hospitals to minimise the chances of infection from coronavirus and protect sometimes critically ill women as they bring new life into the world.

2009-2019: Boost Hospital Caption
Doctors and nurses check a pregnant woman before surgery at Boost hospital, Lashkar Gah.

Malaria in the Central African Republic

As the rainy season arrived this year, malaria cases spiked across the Central African Republic.

With the added threat of COVID-19, we transformed the way we provide preventative malaria care by taking it directly to people at home.

This minimised the risk to families and reduced the risk of spreading COVID-19 at healthcare centres.

Malaria peak in Batangafo Caption
An MSF team in Batangafo, Central African Republic, walks door to door to distribute preventative treatment for malaria.

Conflict in Yemen

Years of civil war have pushed Yemen’s healthcare system to breaking point.

Many hospitals were forced to close their doors across the country under the weight of COVID-19.

But throughout this year, despite staff shortages and low supplies, our hospitals remained open – treating coronavirus patients and saving lives caught up in the ongoing conflict.

General Rural Hospital in Dhi As-Sufal District, Ibb Governorate, Yemen Caption
Three-year-old Aiman, who suffered severe burns, was rushed for life-saving treatment to the MSF-supported hospital in Dhi As Sufal district, in Ibb governorate in March earlier this year.

COVID-19 is the biggest challenge we have ever faced

That’s why we need your support to help us care for people caught up in the healthcare crises made worse by this pandemic.

COVID-19 is the biggest challenge we have ever faced

We know that for many of us, life may feel like it’s on hold. But these emergencies will not wait.

Every donation made to MSF this winter will go towards treating the most vulnerable people living through the worst humanitarian crises on Earth.

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Three MSF experiences of adapting to COVID-19

Dr Boubacar Koroney

Dr Boubacar Koroney

Medical team leader, Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso

“COVID-19 has brought it all upside down. I was in charge of a measles vaccination campaign.

“We had made an initial plan but when the epidemic broke out, we were forced to change our strategy and, instead of immunizing children at fixed sites like health centres or schools, we used a door-to-door approach.”

Dr Pooja Iyer

Dr Pooja Iyer

Mental health and health promotion manager, Patna, India

“We have been through a very tough period of lockdown. It has taken a tremendous toll on people’s mental health.

"Although many people recover, the general impression in the community is that COVID-19 is very deadly.

“So it's very important to support them during this process and give them examples where people recovered.”

 

Dr Nizar Jahlan

Dr Nizar Jahlan

MSF medical activity manager, Sana’a, Yemen

“At first, there were many volunteer doctors and nurses around, but when they knew that cases were coming to the hospital, they all disappeared.

“The hospital lacked almost everything that it needed, but we brought in what we could in terms of drugs, and personal protective equipment to start activities.

“I think [contracting COVID-19] was the most difficult time of my life. I felt that I was just gasping for breath, I worried that I was dying, I had such a high fever.

“I am more motivated than ever, because now after being sick I know how much these patients are suffering from the virus, and how much they need us.”

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