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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Please give what you can to support our medical teams
Three MSF experiences of adapting to COVID-19
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
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
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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