Our COVID-19 Mission Statement
The World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic on 11 March 2020.
More than 210 countries are now reporting cases.
Roughly 80 per cent of confirmed cases of COVID-19 experience a mild respiratory illness but it has a higher rate of severe complications for vulnerable people – such as the elderly and people with compromised immune systems – than other viruses such as flu.
The high level of supportive and intensive care required for people who become seriously ill has placed a heavy burden on some of the world’s most advanced healthcare systems. Where healthcare systems are less advanced, it will be very difficult to provide a similar level of care.
Given this is a pandemic, MSF’s ability to respond on the scale required will be limited, but we are currently responding in all the countries where we have projects by preparing our own teams and facilities and focusing on vulnerable groups of people.
We are deeply concerned about how COVID-19 might affect people living in precarious situations such as the homeless, those living in refugee camps in Greece or Bangladesh, or people affected by conflict in Yemen or Syria.
We must do everything we can to prevent and reduce further spread of the virus.
We know from our experience that trust in the response and health authorities is an essential component for outbreak control. Clear, timely and honest communication and guidance is needed so that people can be empowered to protect themselves.