On March 24, MSF began assisting the health authorities’ COVID-19 response in Paris and the suburbs, but it is also developing activities to ensure access to routine medical care is maintained for people living on the streets.
This includes migrants, the homeless, and unaccompanied minors interrupted in the process of appealing to the courts for recognition as minors.
There are two main arms to our work. The first is a mobile clinic run five days a week near food distribution sites, providing consultations by a nurse and doctor. The second is teams of nurses visiting the gymnasiums, hotels and other sites to which 700 or so migrants were relocated from a camp in Aubervilliers.
In recent days, a nurse hotline has been set up to receive support requests from various collective accommodation shelters. MSF is working to put in place basic hygiene measures to protect the residents as well as the staff.