Everyone is affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, but the impact will be felt by some more than others. As the virus spreads, it will continue to expose the inequalities that exist in worldwide health systems. It will expose exclusion from care. It will expose the vulnerability that results from displacement, violence, poverty and war. It will expose the failure of institutions to plan for and deliver services that meet the needs of everyone. It will expose under-investment in free public healthcare, which has meant that access to quality care is for some based on purchasing power and not medical need.
Those who will especially suffer are already neglected. Those who have fled because of war, or who are already devastated by disease. Those who don’t have access to treatment for existing conditions. Those trapped in conflict zones under bombing and siege. Those who can’t stock up on food because they already can’t afford a meal every night of the week.
WILL YOU SUPPORT MÉDECINS SANS FRONTIÈRES RESPONSE TO THIS PANDEMIC?
It is difficult to treat patients without all the medical resources that you need. Many of the health systems bracing for the impact of COVID-19 have already been hammered to breaking point by war, corruption, austerity and sanctions. They are barely able to cope with ordinary patient loads. Médecins Sans Frontières is committed to help them. As we scale up our response to the pandemic, we will as always focus on the most vulnerable and neglected.
Thank you so much for your support.