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OUR COVID-19 RESPONSE IN BRAZIL

Having now surpassed three million COVID-19 cases, Brazil is one of the worst-affected countries worldwide. MSF is focused on providing care to those who are most at risk, including people without reliable housing and those living in remote areas.  

In São Paulo, we have opened an eight-bed intensive care unit at Tide Setubal hospital. We are starting to look at how we can provide support with contact tracing for patients admitted to the intensive care unit, and are also conducting outreach activities and COVID-19 awareness sessions in the surrounding districts.

In Boa Vista, we are running an intensive care unit and a ward for moderate and severe cases of COVID-19 in a field hospital managed by the local health authority. We continue our work in informal shelters for migrants and refugees, providing guidance on physical distancing and distributing hygiene kits.

Our teams have begun COVID-19 operations in two locations in the Amazon. In São Gabriel da Cachoeira, we are running a 10-bed inpatient department, providing care for patients with moderate cases of COVID-19. In Tefé, MSF teams are supporting the town’s main hospital through training in infection prevention and control.

 

Completed COVID-19 projects in Brazil

Due to the significant reduction of COVID-19 cases in the area, our activities in Manaus have now ended. During our activities, MSF staff worked in the public hospital and managed 12 beds in the intensive care unit, along with 36 beds for moderate and severe cases of COVID-19. We also ran an isolation centre for migrant Venezuelan indigenous people with suspected COVID-19.

 

Can you make a donation to support our COVID-19 response?

Right now, Médecins Sans Frontières is providing much needed support and medical care in over 30 countries to counter the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
Our teams are also gearing up to confront potential outbreaks in the hundreds of areas we were already working before the pandemic struck. We are deploying medical staff, sending supplies and applying nearly 50 years of experience fighting epidemics to protect the most vulnerable and save lives.
 
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MSF first worked in Brazil in 1991.

Following the Haiti earthquake of January 2010, thousands of Haitians fled the devastation and sought asylum in Brazil. Stranded in the border town Tabatinga, and unable to work or leave until they received authorisation, many were living in extremely poor conditions. In November of 2010, Médecins Sans Frontières began offering psychological support and distributed washing kits. 

By January of 2012, the Brazilian Ministry of Justice announced that some 4,000 Haitians would be granted residence and work visas. The federal government also opened up legal migration opportunities from Haiti. With the improvement in the situation, MSF’s program was closed in February 2012.

Many Haitians left Tabatinga for the city of Manaus, and an MSF team provided training in mental healthcare and health promotion to health staff and social workers in Manaus.