We need your help to fight COVID-19.

The situation is urgent. Please support our expert medics to reach the most vulnerable.

An MSF health worker leaves a tent hospital in Brussels

© Kristof Vadino

© Kristof Vadino

Hello.

I'm Javid Abdelmoneim, an NHS doctor based in London.

Right now, A&E teams like mine are experiencing the impact of the COVID-19 crisis first-hand.

But this is not the first time I've been part of a major outbreak response...

I'm part of Médecins Sans Frontières – also known as "Doctors Without Borders", or simply "MSF".

Dr Javid Abdelmoneim

MSF has almost 50 years' of experience in fighting epidemics.


And as part of the team, I've treated patients during dangerous outbreaks of disease, including cholera in Haiti, and Ebola in Sierra Leone.

MSF are experts in infection prevention and control, and saving lives in challenging environments.

Javid Abdelmoneim working at an MSF Ebola treatement center in Sierra Leone

© Fabio Basone / MSF

© Fabio Basone / MSF

This expertise is desperately needed, right now.

Syria. Yemen. Congo. Bangladesh.

The virus has spread to over 200 countries, and in many people are also facing crises like armed conflict, displacement or lack of health care.

From people in overcrowded refugee camps, to those experiencing homelessness on UK streets, the world's most vulnerable communities cannot be left to face COVID-19 alone.

MSF COVID-19 triage tent.

© Kristof Vadino

© Kristof Vadino

MSF teams are already at work, but we need your help.

Our logistic and medical specialists are already taking action on COVID-19.

We're sending oxygen generators to teams in places like conflict-hit Burkina Faso, and creating COVID-19 treatment centres for communities like the refugees in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley.

In Europe our teams are working with the homeless, the elderly and with overwhelmed health systems.

MSF teams work on COVID-19 infection prevention and control at a care home for older people in Spain.

© Olmo Calvo/MSF

© Olmo Calvo/MSF

Please consider supporting our teams.

Dr Javid says goodbye to two patients successfully treated at an MSF Ebola treatment centre in Sierra Leone

Dr Javid says goodbye to two patients successfully treated at an MSF Ebola treatment centre in Sierra Leone, 2014. © Fathema Murtaza/MSF

Dr Javid says goodbye to two patients successfully treated at an MSF Ebola treatment centre in Sierra Leone, 2014. © Fathema Murtaza/MSF

A personal note.

There are many similarities – on a personal level – between my experiences responding to epidemics with MSF and what’s happening, right now, with COVID-19.

Feelings that there isn’t a cure.

That we might be overwhelmed.

That we might not have the resources. 

But, I’ve experienced this before, and I’ve come through it before with MSF.

Now our teams and patients around the world need your help to come through COVID-19.

Well before this pandemic, MSF had medical projects in over 70 countries around the world. We deliver babies, we vaccinate children, we provide life-saving treatment to people with diseases like HIV and tuberculosis.

And in the vast majority of cases, those projects aren't stopping because of the pandemic. Instead, our teams are stepping up.

Let’s be clear, shortages of medical supplies and travel restrictions are going to drastically impact our work. But we are strengthening infection prevention controls and adapting to this unprecedented threat every day.

As we fight this pandemic, please consider becoming a supporter of MSF.

Thank you,

Javid

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