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Our year at a glance

Médecins Sans Frontières’ commitment to remaining independent, impartial and neutral allows us to act quickly and flexibly when an emergency breaks.

We work tirelessly in more than 70 countries to support those living in crisis – responding to natural disasters, conflicts, and outbreaks of disease. But our work wouldn’t be possible without our supporters.

COVID-19 crisis in Yemen

The impact of COVID-19 in Yemen has been severe. In a country whose healthcare system has collapsed following more than five years of war, our presence here is vital. In Aden, we are organising improved oxygen supply and working towards increasing the capacity of the only dedicated COVID-19 treatment centre in southern Yemen to 72 beds. Meanwhile in the central east in Sana’a, we are scaling up our response by also supporting a new COVID-19 treatment centre in Sheikh Zayed hospital, where we are managing triage, the inpatient department and the intensive care unit.

Measles outbreak in Bangladesh

In January this year, we saw a 40 per cent increase in measles cases treated in our facilities in Cox’s Bazar district in Bangladesh, site of the world’s largest refugee mega camp. Médecins Sans Frontières responded to the outbreak by transforming a unit at Kutupalong Hospital into an emergency isolation ward for patients requiring intensive care.

Refugee support in Syria

In May, we organised two charter flights to Iraq to send 14 MSF staff and 46 tonnes of essential medical supplies across the border into northeast Syria. In the overcrowded Al Hol refugee camp in Syria housing 65,000 people, Médecins Sans Frontières is also preparing for a potential influx of COVID-19 patients, running an inpatient nutrition centre and wound care program, and providing water and sanitation support in the camp.

Violence in South Sudan

In March, we responded to a massive influx of critical patients in Pieri and Lankien with serious gunshot and stab wounds sustained from ongoing intercommunal violence in the region. In addition to treating wounded patients, Médecins Sans Frontières also provided care to pregnant women, vaccinated over 3,500 children against measles, and addressed diseases including malaria, diarrhoea and respiratory infections.

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