Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is one of the largest medical-humanitarian organisations in the world, with operations in more than 70 countries. With our long history of responding to disease outbreaks and epidemics, we are in a unique position to help respond to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic that is sweeping the globe.
1. Supporting hospitals
- In Spain we have established two health units with more than 200 beds to support hospitals in Madrid. These beds will be used to take patients with moderate symptoms, which frees up capacity for hospitals to focus on the most critical cases.
- We are also advising Spanish health authorities as they develop temporary units to expand hospital capacity in Madrid, Catalonia – including two hospitals in Barcelona – and in Vitoria.
- In Italy, we are supporting three hospitals in the Lombardia region - the first epicentre of the outbreak in the country - with infection prevention and control (IPC).
- In Haiti, we are converting Drouillard Hospital - previously a referral hospital for severe burns - into a 50 bed COVID-19 facility.
- In Belgium’s capital Brussels, we have set up a facility with 50 beds designed for migrants and homeless people to isolate, receive medical care and be transferred to hospital. Capacity can be increased to 150 beds if needed.
2. Supporting healthcare workers and clinics
- In Belgium, we are supporting five hospitals by providing training and technical advice, and are prepared to help increase admission capacity should the need arise.
- In Syria, we are providing training and technical support for workers setting up isolation areas and patient flow design in Azaz and Idlib.
3. Supporting the elderly
4. Supporting migrants, refugees and the homeless
- In Paris and surrounding areas, MSF teams are intervening in emergency shelters, helping detect those who are potentially ill with COVID-19.In the coming days the team plans to expand activities to provide consultations to people living on the street.
- In Geneva, MSF is providing logistical and health support for vulnerable groups living in precarious conditions, and training to staff and volunteers working with these groups.
- In Samos refugee camp in Greece, we are supporting the isolation of confirmed cases, while in Moria refugee camp in Lesbos, MSF has prepared an emergency plan in the case that the epidemic spreads.
- At the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh, we are preparing isolation wards and patient waiting rooms in anticipation of patients showing symptoms of COVID-19.
5. Ensuring access to COVID-19 drugs
6. Preparing for the pandemic in low-to-middle income countries
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