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

Western Cape was ahead of COVID-19 curve in South Africa and lessons learned in Khayelitsha are of high relevance as new coronavirus surges in other low-resource settings

On 1 June, the day 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 to the field hospital on that first day. At one point during…

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Coronavirus - South Africa: Doctors Without Borders (MSF) applauds South Africa for championing health safeguards at meeting of World Trade Organization (WTO) members

South Africa took leadership in highlighting that the intellectual property (IP) barriers that stand in the way of access to COVID-19 drugs, tests and vaccines must be urgently overcome

As World Trade Organization (WTO) members met on 30 July for a Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) Council formal session, South Africa took leadership in highlighting that the intellectual property (IP) barriers that stand in the way of access to COVID-19 drugs, tests and vaccines must be urgently…

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Coronavirus - Libya: “They were shot and killed as they fled arbitrary detention”

Legal pathways such as evacuation flights and resettlement schemes are currently suspended in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic

Three people were shot dead and two were severely injured at the disembarkation site in Khoms on Tuesday night, 28 July, after being returned to Libya, the country they were trying to flee. The victims are aged between 15 and 18. This is yet another tragic development showing that migrants…

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Coronavirus - Niger: “Simplifying isn’t as simple as it sounds!”

There’s still a lot of uncertainty about how Covid-19 affects malnourished children with weakened immune systems

We talk to nutrition advisor Béatrice Mounier about simplifying the protocol for diagnosing and managing acute malnutrition in Niger. Béatrice Mounier has just spent several weeks in Niger where the annual onset of the rainy season and food gap results in extremely high levels of malnutrition and malaria. Working in…

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Coronavirus - Burkina Faso: Living conditions worsen for displaced people as violence escalates and rainy season begins

Following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) set up treatment centers in the cities of Ouagadougou, Bobo-Dioulasso, and Fada

The number of displaced people seeking safety in Burkina Faso’s Center-North region has almost doubled in six months to 386,000 as a result of growing insecurity and violence in the region. Many have no option but to live in improvised shelters in remote areas, without basic services and exposed to the…

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Coronavirus - Nigeria: COVID-19 exacerbates poor access to healthcare

In northwest Nigeria Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is concerned about a possible measles outbreak which is evolving, and with the rainy season, cases of malaria are increasing

In Nigeria, poor access to healthcare has been exacerbated by COVID-19 and when a pandemic like COVID-19 takes up much of the Ministry of Health resources, this means that other activities like vaccinations against preventable diseases have been deprioritised. “For me personally, I am so worried about Nigeria. It is…

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Coronavirus - South Africa: Providing mental healthcare during COVID-19 pandemic

Experiences of MSF mental health professionals on the ground

“It’s not like a broken leg that you can see and the world responds appropriately. A broken mind or soul is hard to identify” – Leigh-Anne Snyman, nurse specialising in patient support, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, MSF mental health professionals across South Africa…

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Coronavirus - Africa: Misinformation and COVID-19 - ‘If there is a false rumour then there may be a sick child suffering in a village’

In Kenema District, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) runs the 63-bed Hangha hospital, providing emergency secondary healthcare to children under five

Sierra Leone was later than most to experience its first cases of COVID-19. Though the virus itself did not arrive in the country until 31 March 2020, rumours and fears spread among communities well before the country’s first confirmed case. As happened during the Ebola outbreak from 2014-2016, this pandemic has led…

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Coronavirus - South Africa: Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) opens Khayelitsha Field Hospital as South Africa braces for COVID-19

The Khayelitsha community has borne the brunt of COVID-19 infections in the country, spurring MSF to develop the 60-bed overflow treatment facility

In May, South Africa’s Health Minister warned that with the current infection rate, South Africa would surpass its hospital bed capacity, potentially by the end of June. “As COVID-19 continues to spread, the wards in Khayelitsha District Hospital have filled up with suspected and confirmed cases. We are helping increase…

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Coronavirus: Doctors Without Borders (MSF) - Countries & not Pharma must take the driver’s seat for access to COVID-19 vaccines

Several heads of state have already referred to future COVID-19 vaccines as ‘global public goods’ and ‘the people’s vaccine’

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) urged leaders to demand pharmaceutical corporations commit to selling any potential future COVID-19 vaccines at cost, as Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, prepares to launch a global mechanism to negotiate with corporations on such vaccines, and appeals to governments to set up a fund to purchase them…