We are also managing the logistics of all four mobile teams, providing them with vehicles and fuel and equipping medical teams with protective gear. MSF is still in touch with the MoH to discuss possible support for patient care if needed. We also donated personal protective equipment (PPE) donations to vulnerable social groups, including elderly people, refugees, homeless people, victims of gender-based violence, detainees, and people with mental illness, as well as to the airlifting department of the National Emergency Aid Center. Emergency response: Doctors Without Borders urges government to send medics to Covid-19 hotspots By Estelle Ellis • 10 December 2020 A Covid-19 patient in Livingstone Hospital in Nelson Mandela Bay. We also trained community health workers and reinforced COVID-19 screening at the entrance of the Mora district hospital. A 24-bed isolation ward has also been established. In northeast Delhi, a new intervention was planned for mid-September to screen the homeless population for COVID-19 and TB, and refer them for testing and treatment. Over 250 MSF staff have been trained on COVID-19 response, with a focus on case definition, triage, screening, IPC, safe transportation of suspected cases, isolation, use of PPE, and case management. In South Beirut, in the Bekaa valley, and in Baalbek-Hermel, our teams are training and assisting families on the practice of shielding, a voluntary process that can provide additional protection to people at heightened risk of contracting COVID-19. The process is in its final stage and we are collaborating with the MoH to finalize the last operating details before the opening. In Kunduz, wound care clinic activities have been temporarily suspended, as have MSF activities in the small stabilization clinic in Chardara district, west of the city. In Baghdad, MSF supports two hospitals run by the MoH (Ibn Al Khateeb & Al Kindi) with IPC support and other services and treats COVID-19 patients. Hand hygiene is paramount, so wash your hands often with soap and water. Protecting patients and health care workers affected by the pandemic is essential. MSF also seeks to ensure that any new treatments or vaccines developed to respond to COVID-19 are accessible, affordable, and available to all. MSF is working closely with health authorities in Norte de Santander, and Tumaco to support the local response. The international medical humanitarian organization spent two months in Immokalee, where an estimated 15,000-20,000 … Regular tuberculosis activities have been suspended. From May 26 when the facility opened to July 14 33 patients were admitted. We also support MoH activities such as case management, awareness raising, improving IPC, and setting up isolation structures for patients. Phone consultations are also available. A health team from Doctors Without Borders has been dispatched to the Navajo Nation to help the tribe’s struggle with a rate of coronavirus infections that’s higher than any state in America. We are currently participating in outpatient triage and supporting the area for patients with respiratory symptoms at the Tibú hospital. My Story Donations Dear Friends, Thank you for visiting our fundraising page, and joining us to support the lifesaving mission of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)! We have also ended our intervention in detention centers in Lombardy, Piedmont, and Liguria,where we conducted IPC and health promotion activities in 15 prisons and improved protocols and procedures for isolation of suspected cases and contact tracing activities. Over the summer, MSF did qualitative research on the mental wellbeing of residents of care homes. We also provide psychological support through phone hotlines to residents of Mariinka and Volnovakha Rayons. Since opening in mid-May, MSF's Drouillard COVID-19 treatment center in Cité Soleil, Port-au-Prince, has screened 327 people and provided care to 178 patients who were hospitalized with severe symptoms. In Hodeidahwe have provided health promotion, IPC measures, and case management training in different hospitals and set up an isolation unit in Al Salakhana Hospital in collaboration with local health authorities. Together with state health authorities, we are conducting a large-scale community sensitization campaign on COVID-19. In Mafraq we are preparing for the resumption of face-to-face consultations in our mental health project but will continue remote consultations for patients who are not able or willing to come. The international medical nonprofit Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières) says that due to a lack of testing, the count is likely much higher. We have coordinated with state health authorities to provide technical IPC support where needed. “Not so long ago, COVID-19 was not yet making headlines worldwide. Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF/Doctors Without Borders… The team is also developing additional COVID-19 case management capacity for health care facilities in Eshowe and Mbongolwane. Our pediatric hospital in Monrovia (BJH) has been adapted with IPC measures. Ongoing support related to routine vaccinations continues in Kobane. In MSF projects across Sudan, we have implemented safety and hygiene measures to avoid the emergence of cases among our staff. MSF supported the rehabilitation of the hospital’s oxygen network and provides medical, nursing, and hygiene control staff as well as logistical and technical support. Our cervical cancer program in Blantyre has also been limited to admitting urgent cases. To date, 10 training sessions have been completed, with 140 people trained. The plan is for field hospital resources to be sent to other sites within the country, where the peak of the epidemic is imminent or already happening. MSF continues to monitor the flow of Mexicans repatriated by US authorities and deported non-Mexican migrants. We had to suspend mobile clinics, but patients can still reach us through our phone hotline. CARACAS, Venezuela - The humanitarian aid group Doctors Without Borders is pulling out of a hospital in a Venezuelan slum that had been one of the nation’s best-equipped to … MSF continues to provide pediatric care in Anka general hospital (with new criteria to reduce services to essential cases only) and is providing technical support in the hospital to establish isolation zones, IPC protocols, and adapted triage and patient flow systems. The center will treat severe patients through oxygen therapy and offer palliative care. MSF is also doing health promotion in camps for migrants and asylum seekers and increasing the provision of water and sanitation services. In Adjumani district, in the North, an MSF team intervened to improve living conditions in a transit center used to quarantine and test refugees, where conditions were particularly poor. They also conduct assessments and provide guidance and support to medical teams and positive patients in isolation sites. In the northern border project, in Matamoros and Reynosa, MSF increased and adapted activities at a shelter and a camp for asylum seekers. In addition, we have provided support at the Samuel Rodríguez Moreno psychiatric hospital in Mexico City, the Renacimiento general hospital in Acapulco, and the Chilpancingo general hospital in Guerrero. In late May 2020 MSF deployed medical response teams (MRT) to support the Ministry of Public Health in its COVID-19 testing strategy across Lebanon. A key priority is to keep our other essential medical programs running in the midst of this new emergency. The Bombali COVID-19 treatment center in Makeni Regional Hospital is operational, with MSF providing logistical support for the initial setup. The MSF Myanmar Facebook page has started an awareness and engagement campaign, focusing on the dissemination of COVID-19 prevention and health promotion messages, reaching 1.7 million clicks in the last month. In Matamoros and Reynosa a psychological care phone line has launched for people who are victims of violence or who are coping with the COVID-19 pandemic. In Kyrgyzstan, we are working closely with the MoH and offering technical advice, providing logistics assistance, and supporting health promotion initiatives in addition to assisting in epidemiological surveillance through data collection with a specific focus on our areas of operation in Kadamjay Rayon and Batken Oblast. MSF teams are raising awareness on the ground via health promoters and through community radio. At the Hospital Perez de León II in Petare, MSF teams have begun rehabilitating infrastructure, adapting patient flow, establishing IPC measures, and training staff. Beyond Tripoli, we continue to work in four detention centers (in Khoms, Zliten, Zintan, and Zuwara) to provide first aid to people disembarked in Libya and primary health care and referrals to migrants and refugees in Bani Walid. “We are now in an exponential situation," says Stephane Doyon, an operations manager for Doctors Without Borders, which last month opened a COVID-19 treatment center in Port-au-Prince. We have now closed our projects in the Lodi area and Marche region, where we supported three hospitals and 44 homes for elderly people and provided remote monitoring of non-critical COVID-19 patients at home to ensure that only severe cases where sent to the hospital. We have strengthened IPC measures in these facilities and equipped MSF staff with the needed protective equipment. After the initial steady increase of admissions at Drouillard, the number of hospitalized patients stabilized and has now sharply decreased in the last two weeks. If you wish to do so or have any questions, please contact us at (888) 392-0392 or donations@newyork.msf.org. COVID-19 Brazil bars Doctors Without Borders Covid-19 help to indigenous villages. In Yaounde, MSF is treating moderate COVID-19 patients in the Djoungolo health facility, where we increased the capacity by building four rooms with 20 beds each. COVID-19 Brazil bars Doctors Without Borders Covid-19 help to indigenous villages. MSF teams continue to train health care staff in facilities designated to receive COVID-19 patients, particularly in the Gul province, where one of our tuberculosis projects is based. We continue trainings and health education sessions on infection prevention, case management, and proper use of PPE for staff and patients and caretakers. In light of the continuing reduction in the number of admissions to the two MSF COVID-19 treatment centers in Aden, we have decided to combine activities in Al Gamhuriah hospital. In Juba, MSF teams are carrying out community assessments and community engagement, as well as installation of handwashing points in several locations. In Bossangoa, a targeted distribution of prophylactic treatment for malaria is in full preparation. MSF is supporting an existing fever clinic and scaling up capacity for the treatment of mild to moderate cases of COVID-19 in a newly built hospital of 1,100 beds. In Port Harcourt MSF continues to provide medical and psychological care for victims of sexual violence in. Activities are currently on hold, but we remain willing and able to respond if asked. MSF teams across Sudan are conducting health promotion and awareness sessions with patients and the local community or at non-MSF primary health care centers. The current global COVID-19 pandemic threatens to overwhelm even the most advanced health systems and places vulnerable people around the world at particular risk. We have donated food supplements to 100 vulnerable families. Meanwhile, our health promotion team in the camp is working to sensitize and educate the community on hygiene and best health practices to improve preparedness for COVID-19. One of Doctors Without Borders’ answer is What Can You Do About COVID-19?, a children’s activity book with artwork by internationally published author and artist Elbert Or. In Hargeisa, as part of a task force of NGOs, we are providing support to the MoH of Somaliland to set up a COVID-19 center. We adapted our activities to help contain the spread of the virus. Together with MoH community-level and contact tracing activities in Bamako, we set up handwashing stations and provide locally produced cloth masks and soap in the most at-risk locations (where a case has been confirmed, for example). In Mosul, we have turned our post-operative care center into a temporary COVID-19 facility, where we works with local health authorities to facilitate the treatment of mild and moderate cases. This can happen by breathing in infected droplets, or by touching with your hands a surface on which droplets have landed, and then touching your eyes, nose, or mouth later. In Samos and Lesbos, we adapted our facilities and procedures to ensure the safety of patients and our staff. Our COVID-19 response plan includes assisting with medical supplies and staff recruitment as well as strengthening triage, diagnosis, treatment, IPC, and more in Amazonas, Anzoátegui, Bolívar, Sucre, and the Capital District. We are ready to increase support to the national MoH and district authorities for contact tracing and testing. Additionally, more than 50 health care workers have been trained IPC and triage related to COVID-19 in six health facilities (both MoH-supported and private clinics). Additionally, workshops have been held with hospitals in Jakarta on integrating COVID-19 activities into existing health structures and services. The teams provide technical support on alert verifications and organize the triage of patients at the call center’s level. In several neighborhoods of Port-au-Prince, community awareness and mobilization activities on prevention measures and timely admissions continue through door-to-door health promotion, radio spots, and training for community organizations and leaders. ‘I saw the need’: Doctors Without Borders fights COVID in Houston nursing homes By Emily Foxhall, Staff writer 9/10/2020 U.S. COVID-19 cases cross 11 million as pandemic intensifies As a mitigation measure for the spread of COVID-19, patients with NCDs have been provided medicine for three months in Embu county, where MSF supports the five county-level hospitals with triage and screening of patients and boosting IPC in 11 health facilities. In Tonkolili, we provided water and sanitation support to the Masanga Treatment center. We still provide general medical care, along with COVID-19 screening and testing capacities, for people living in the streets and precarious settings in Paris region via mobile clinics. In the Sud department we have provided this support to Immaculate Conception hospital in Les Cayes, the Port-à-Piment health center, and the community hospital of Port-Salut, as well as support for patient referrals. In the east we rehabilitated an 18-bed provisional treatment site at the regional health center in Fada and identified isolation units in all MSF-supported medical structures in the area. MSF is developing health promotion activities, in addition to installing handwashing points and distributing hygiene kits to residents, in partnership with local leaders. We are also providing training on infection control for health facilities. MSF also runs a mobile COVID-19 unit that supports other facilities and works on early detection and prevention of the spread of the disease. Follow-up is limited to urgent cases. We continue strengthening prevention and control measures in Moïssala district, in southern Chad, where we run a woman and child health care program. We also set up IPC measures and patient and triage flows to protect staff and beneficiaries in facilities run and supported by MSF. MSF’s guidance for people with TB was adapted into posts and shared with social media groups of TB facilities for use during their regular sessions with patients. In order to limit the risk of transmission, the general strategy adopted is to avoid big vaccination sites and to divide the target areas into smaller zones, running activities on a longer timeframe. MSF is also bringing COVID-19-positive patients in Lower Dir district to the isolation ward by ambulance, but only under certain conditions. As the number of people held in official detention centers has risen to more than 2,300 in the last two months with more people transferred there upon disembarkation by the Libyan coast guards, we are reinforcing IPC and prevention measures in these facilities as much as possible given the dire conditions. By Reuters • 21 August 2020 . In Siblin, in southern Lebanon, MSF is runs the medical services of the UNRWA’s Siblin Isolation Site. The activity book helps explain the newly discovered coronavirus and how to protect from the disease with activities ranging from crossword puzzles and mazes. We continue to run mobile clinics in communities of San Salvador and Soyapango affected by violence. And your donation is 100 percent tax-deductible. All patients are now screened for COVID-19 at the entrance of our health clinics and hospital. The Ministry of Health recently increased the hospital's capacity by 200 beds and we are helping prepare to care for more severe cases of COVID-19. The activity book helps explain the newly discovered coronavirus and how to protect from the disease with activities ranging from crossword puzzles and mazes. As COVID-19 has spread, MSF teams are racing to respond to the pandemic in the more than 70 countries in which we run programmes, while opening projects in new countries as they become pandemic hotspots. In Bamenda, we provided additional training on PPE and IPC and support the teams with oxygen for severe cases. MSF has also been helping local health facilities in Erbil and Dohuk with technical and logistical support and staff training on IPC. In key sites around the country, we worked with local authorities and partner organizations serving vulnerable communities with limited access to health care. In Dagahaley camp, in Dadaab, Kenya’s largest refugee camp, MSF has set up an isolation unit with 10 beds for COVID-19-positive patients, expandable up to 40 beds. More than 241,000 people have died from coronavirus nationwide -- a number that is rapidly growing every day. As they make all the preparations they can, Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF) doctor Ayla writes from remote Bentiu, COVID-19 in South Sudan: "We can do this, together" | Blogs from Doctors Without Borders Our understanding of this new coronavirus and COVID-19 is still evolving. In Lashkar Gah, MSF supports Malika Suraya hospital, the main dedicated COVID-19 facility in Helmand. In Jigawa, MSF teams continue to provide support to the MoH isolation facility, maintain reinforced IPC and adapted triage in the MSF-run maternity hospital in Jahun, and provide IPC training to hospitals. This pandemic threatens the lives of people around the world, and presents even greater risks in countries with weak or fragile health systems. From early May to early June, the 40-bed treatment center hospitalized 30 patients per day on average, of whom almost 20 percent were on oxygen therapy. We have also strengthened measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the health facilities we support in Bamenda, Kumba, Muyuka, Mamfe, and Widikum and are providing logistical and training support to the main hospital in Tiko (District hospital), Limbe (Regional and District hospital) and Buea (Buea regional hospital and Mount Mary hospital). In places where there is a higher chance of cases, this means ensuring that infection prevention and control measures are in place, setting up screening at triage, maintaining isolation areas, and providing health education. One mobile team continues to support care homes, with IPC measures, organisation of care, and psychosocial support for both residents and staff. We also provided extra drugs to HIV and NCD patients. Direct nutritional support to vulnerable HIV-positive people is even more crucial during the COVID-19 outbreak. Epidemiological surveillance is ongoing. Immokalee, Florida, June 26, 2020—Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has completed the handover of its COVID-19 testing and public health program for farmworkers in Immokalee, Florida, to the county health department and local organizations. Cases of COVID-19 continue to increase, with over 2,100 confirmed patients in the country as of July 10, including in MSF facilities and project areas in Yambio, Agok, Yei, Lankien, and the Bentiu and Malakal protection of civilians (PoC) sites, as well as in Malakal town. The already fragile health system is now overburdened with COVID-19. The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented global emergency—and Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams are responding in more than 70 countries. This includes the distribution of supplies to community leaders to install handwashing stations at main markets and health centers, resulting in a total of 145 new handwashing stations. In Manila we support our partner organization, Likhaan, with health promotion activities. In Rann, MSF continues to provide community-based health promotion services and will start round-trip visits for medical consultations. The virus is contagious, and everyone is presumed to be susceptible. At the MSF hospital in Bar Elias, COVID-19 activities are still on stand-by and elective surgeries have resumed. We have now restarted surgeries. More specifically, we are working to infection-proof four main hospitals in Kadamjay Rayon, not only through advice and training in line with robust infection prevention guidelines, but also by providing disinfectants and PPE for health staff. MSF staff have assisted with limiting infection spread through contact tracing (physical and telephonic), the development and dissemination of health promotion materials, and by implementing various strategies for decongesting health care facilities. MSF remains on standby, ready to support health authorities if a rise in COVID-19 cases occurs. If you wish to do so, please contact us at 888.392.0392 or Donations@newyork.msf.org. In Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa we have suspended cutaneous leishmaniasis consultations and are reducing or suspending activities in some projects as a temporary measure to protect against COVID-19 exposure. However, it is possible to have your gift directed toward Doctors Without Borders COVID-19 Crisis Fund. Additionally, we coordinate with the MoH on the treatment of patients co-infected with COVID-18 and TB. Our teams have implemented COVID-19 preparedness measures in all our projects in the regions of Zinder (Zinder and Magaria), Maradi (Maradi and Madarounfa), Agadez, and Diffa. Approximately 500 patients have been admitted in the facility since the beginning of the pandemic. In Port-au-Prince, our teams have also supported the Chancrelles hospital in Cité Soleil, the Saint Michel health center in Martissant, and the State University hospital of Haiti in implementing IPC measures, triage, and isolation. Currently, we have 10 beds with the possibility to connect 10 oxygen concentrators, and are in the process of constructing an additional 50 beds, with options to scale up to 100 if needed. In Taiz city,we continue to support lifesaving activities in three hospitals in addition to providing training on IPC, screening, triage, and identification of COVID-19 cases. In Kenema district, MSF completed the rehabilitation of a Lassa fever isolation unit in the Kenema government hospital to turn it into a COVID-19 treatment center with a capacity of 25 beds. A similar situation is observed in other COVID-19 centers managed by the MoH or other organizations in Haiti. We provided clinical training to the staff, reinforced lab and testing capacity, and we stand ready to support with case management. Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) treats people where the need is greatest. Capacity is now up to 110 beds and on July 16 14 patients were hospitalized (two suspected cases and 41 confirmed). MSF’s international medical programs are impacted by the current travel restrictions, which limit our ability to move staff between countries. We have been providing care for COVID-19 patients in a dedicated facility since the beginning of April in collaboration with health authorities, and an oxygen generator was installed. In Abs, in addition to supporting authorities in managing the key departments of the hospital and implementing IPC measures to protect staff and patients, we are also working with communities to understand more about perceptions and knowledge of COVID-19. We have also started operational research activities relating to the clinical evaluation of diagnostic tests, and provided training, equipment, and support to the teams, particularly in terms of mental health and health promotion. Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières) is calling for volunteers to create mobile teams to help deal with the Covid-19 pandemic in elderly care homes in the Paris area. The construction of the Zaatari COVID-19 treatment center has been completed, and MSF is on standby until there is a confirmed COVID-19 case in the camp. In Zahle, MSF set up tents outside the Elias Hraoui Governmental Hospital for triage and screening of children. In Tripoli, MSF continues providing medical and humanitarian assistance to migrants and refugees in one detention center, while other facilities have been emptied or closed. MSF's response to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic between June and August 2020 covers: 63 countries MSF responded to COVID-19 in; 2,800 patients treated with severe COVID-19 symptoms; 2,270,000 protective equipment, masks and hygiene kits distributed; This second accountability report continues the series launched with the first report released in August, covering the period from March … Over a period of about three weeks, more than 300 MoH staff members were trained on the new guidelines and protocols concerning COVID-19, among them ambulance drivers, cleaners, laboratory technicians, doctors, and nurses. MSF is providing mental health care in an isolation center dedicated solely to people deported from Mexico and the US while evaluating others for possible intervention. Meanwhile, across the country MSF teams are providing intensive COVID-19 awareness sessions to vulnerable communities. In Mexico City, the CAI (a specialized center for people who have suffered torture or extreme violence) continues to integrate new cases referred by our partners from Mexico City, in addition to the patients who were already following the program before the pandemic began. Over the last weeks we have adapted triage and infection prevention and control measures in the health structures we are supporting, set up isolation units, and trained staff on prevention and case management. We are in the process of reassessing the needs, as the number of cases is decreasing, while the reopening of borders and a need for massive testing capacity are creating new challenges for national authorities and partners involved in the response. Thank you! Many of the COVID-19 vaccines and treatments currently being developed have been … The teams also conduct sessions with women’s groups, youth groups, watch groups, and sheikhs in the camp. In te North West and South West regions, MSF has set up isolation and treatment wards in Bamenda, Kumba (16 beds), and Buea (20 beds) regional hospitals for suspected and confirmed COVID-19 patients and trained medical and non-medical staff who will run the units. Its activities have continued since the start of COVID-19 with the exception of pediatric surgery, which was suspended due to the challenges associated with sending surgical teams that require regular rotations during the global pandemic. The Covid-19 epidemic has already spread to more than 100 countries around the world. At the Sheikh Zayyed Hospital, where we were already providing training and donations, we have now started triage, an inpatient department (20 beds, expandable) and an intensive care unit (6 beds, expandable). In most countries where MSF works, we are coordinating with the WHO and the respective Ministries of Health to see how MSF could help in case of a high load of COVID-19 patients. 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