FIGHTING COVID-19

Our expert teams are aiding the fight against the new coronavirus on four continents. This is MSF's response in pictures.

7 April 2020 - Brazil. MSF doctor Ana Letícia Nery coordinates MSF's COVID-19 response activities in São Paulo, where MSF teams are working with homeless people, providing medical consultations for screening and detection of people with suspected cases of COVID-19, and referring patients in more serious conditions to hospitals. © Andre Francois/MSF

As an emergency medical organisation, we've been fighting disease outbreaks for nearly 50 years.

Our battle against COVID-19 began like many of our epidemic responses: by sending medical supplies to the epicentre of the outbreak.

More than three tonnes of protective equipment was sent to Wuhan, China, in January this year.

But as the outbreak rapidly evolved, so too have our efforts to support the global response.  

Right now, our expert teams are providing urgently needed medical care and support in more than 70 countries.

They are also preparing for potential outbreaks in the hundreds of areas we were already working in before the pandemic struck.

We are deploying medics, sending supplies and applying decades of experience fighting epidemics to protect the most vulnerable and save lives.

With over 3.6 million cases of COVID-19 worldwide, we look at MSF's response in pictures.

11 February 2020: An MSF health promoter teaches street cleaners in Hong Kong good sneezing etiquette so that they can protect themselves and others from the new coronavirus disease. Since then, MSF staff have conducted more health promotions sessions, both face-to-face and online, with vulnerable groups in the city. The team has also held workshops on coping with stress and anxiety to address mental health needs. © Shuk Lim Cheung/MSF

11 February 2020: An MSF health promoter teaches street cleaners in Hong Kong good sneezing etiquette so that they can protect themselves and others from the new coronavirus disease. Since then, MSF staff have conducted more health promotions sessions, both face-to-face and online, with vulnerable groups in the city. The team has also held workshops on coping with stress and anxiety to address mental health needs. © Shuk Lim Cheung/MSF

11 February 2020: An MSF health promoter teaches street cleaners in Hong Kong good sneezing etiquette so that they can protect themselves and others from the new coronavirus disease. Since then, MSF staff have conducted more health promotions sessions, both face-to-face and online, with vulnerable groups in the city. The team has also held workshops on coping with stress and anxiety to address mental health needs. © Shuk Lim Cheung/MSF

31 March 2020: MSF teams continue to deliver lifesaving medical aid and relief items to internally displaced people in northwest Syria, while also preparing for COVID-19. Here, people observe social distancing measures as they wait for a consultation at MSF’s mobile clinic in an IDP camp. © Omar Haj Kadour/MSF

31 March 2020: MSF teams continue to deliver lifesaving medical aid and relief items to internally displaced people in northwest Syria, while also preparing for COVID-19. Here, people observe social distancing measures as they wait for a consultation at MSF’s mobile clinic in an IDP camp. © Omar Haj Kadour/MSF

31 March 2020: MSF teams continue to deliver lifesaving medical aid and relief items to internally displaced people in northwest Syria, while also preparing for COVID-19. Here, people observe social distancing measures as they wait for a consultation at MSF’s mobile clinic in an IDP camp. © Omar Haj Kadour/MSF

2 April 2020: An MSF staff member shares a thumbs up with the resident of a nursing home in Italy's central eastern Marche region, where our staff are providing medical care and implementing infection prevention and control measures. © Vincenzo Livieri/MSF

2 April 2020: An MSF staff member shares a thumbs up with the resident of a nursing home in Italy's central eastern Marche region, where our staff are providing medical care and implementing infection prevention and control measures. © Vincenzo Livieri/MSF

2 April 2020: An MSF staff member shares a thumbs up with the resident of a nursing home in Italy's central eastern Marche region, where our staff are providing medical care and implementing infection prevention and control measures. © Vincenzo Livieri/MSF

3 April 2020: Water and sanitation coordinator Adrien Mahama demonstrates the correct use of masks during an infection prevention and control training for the staff of the Al-Sabah hospital in Juba, South Sudan. MSF is conducting training to support the Ministry of Health in preparation for the arrival of COVID-19 patients. © Gabriele François Casini/MSF

3 April 2020: Water and sanitation coordinator Adrien Mahama demonstrates the correct use of masks during an infection prevention and control training for the staff of the Al-Sabah hospital in Juba, South Sudan. MSF is conducting training to support the Ministry of Health in preparation for the arrival of COVID-19 patients. © Gabriele François Casini/MSF

3 April 2020: Water and sanitation coordinator Adrien Mahama demonstrates the correct use of masks during an infection prevention and control training for the staff of the Al-Sabah hospital in Juba, South Sudan. MSF is conducting training to support the Ministry of Health in preparation for the arrival of COVID-19 patients. © Gabriele François Casini/MSF

4 April 2020: MSF logisticians and water and sanitation experts set up a medical care tent at Reims University Hospital in Reims, east of Paris, to temporarily increase its intensive care capacity. In France, we are working with vulnerable communities and providing support to hospitals, health centres and nursing homes. © Agnes Varraine Leca/MSF

4 April 2020: MSF logisticians and water and sanitation experts set up a medical care tent at Reims University Hospital in Reims, east of Paris, to temporarily increase its intensive care capacity. In France, we are working with vulnerable communities and providing support to hospitals, health centres and nursing homes. © Agnes Varraine Leca/MSF

4 April 2020: MSF logisticians and water and sanitation experts set up a medical care tent at Reims University Hospital in Reims, east of Paris, to temporarily increase its intensive care capacity. In France, we are working with vulnerable communities and providing support to hospitals, health centres and nursing homes. © Agnes Varraine Leca/MSF

6 April 2020: In Greece, we are providing support to asylum seekers on Lesbos and Samos, sharing health information with camp residents and putting in place procedures to support referrals for potential COVID-19 cases. Our teams have also adapted facilities and procedures to ensure the safety of patients and staff. Here, an MSF medic checks the temperature of a young boy at the clinic in Moria camp on Lesbos. © Peter Casaer/MSF

6 April 2020: In Greece, we are providing support to asylum seekers on Lesbos and Samos, sharing health information with camp residents and putting in place procedures to support referrals for potential COVID-19 cases. Our teams have also adapted facilities and procedures to ensure the safety of patients and staff. Here, an MSF medic checks the temperature of a young boy at the clinic in Moria camp on Lesbos. © Peter Casaer/MSF

6 April 2020: In Greece, we are providing support to asylum seekers on Lesbos and Samos, sharing health information with camp residents and putting in place procedures to support referrals for potential COVID-19 cases. Our teams have also adapted facilities and procedures to ensure the safety of patients and staff. Here, an MSF medic checks the temperature of a young boy at the clinic in Moria camp on Lesbos. © Peter Casaer/MSF

7 April 2020: An MSF medical doctor evaluates a woman during a mobile clinic to screen homeless people in shelters in downtown São Paulo for the new coronavirus and to provide health promotion advice. In Brazil, MSF teams are working with homeless people, providing medical consultations for screening and detection of suspected COVID-19 cases, and referring patients in more serious conditions to hospitals. © Andre Francois/MSF

7 April 2020: An MSF medical doctor evaluates a woman during a mobile clinic to screen homeless people in shelters in downtown São Paulo for the new coronavirus and to provide health promotion advice. In Brazil, MSF teams are working with homeless people, providing medical consultations for screening and detection of suspected COVID-19 cases, and referring patients in more serious conditions to hospitals. © Andre Francois/MSF

7 April 2020: An MSF medical doctor evaluates a woman during a mobile clinic to screen homeless people in shelters in downtown São Paulo for the new coronavirus and to provide health promotion advice. In Brazil, MSF teams are working with homeless people, providing medical consultations for screening and detection of suspected COVID-19 cases, and referring patients in more serious conditions to hospitals. © Andre Francois/MSF

8 April 2020: Medical assistant Nazrul Islam and nurse Mahabuba Khatun triage a patient at MSF’s Jamtoli primary healthcare clinic in the Cox’s Bazar refugee camps in Bangladesh. As part of MSF’s preparations for COVID-19, all patients arriving at MSF clinics are screened and triaged, where they are asked if they have a cough, fever or sore throat. Patients with respiratory symptoms are sent to a separate waiting area to minimise the chances of possible cross infection amongst patients. © Daniella Ritzau-Reid/MSF

8 April 2020: Medical assistant Nazrul Islam and nurse Mahabuba Khatun triage a patient at MSF’s Jamtoli primary healthcare clinic in the Cox’s Bazar refugee camps in Bangladesh. As part of MSF’s preparations for COVID-19, all patients arriving at MSF clinics are screened and triaged, where they are asked if they have a cough, fever or sore throat. Patients with respiratory symptoms are sent to a separate waiting area to minimise the chances of possible cross infection amongst patients. © Daniella Ritzau-Reid/MSF

8 April 2020: Medical assistant Nazrul Islam and nurse Mahabuba Khatun triage a patient at MSF’s Jamtoli primary healthcare clinic in the Cox’s Bazar refugee camps in Bangladesh. As part of MSF’s preparations for COVID-19, all patients arriving at MSF clinics are screened and triaged, where they are asked if they have a cough, fever or sore throat. Patients with respiratory symptoms are sent to a separate waiting area to minimise the chances of possible cross infection amongst patients. © Daniella Ritzau-Reid/MSF

9 April 2020: An MSF doctor working in a mobile clinic sees a woman living in an informal camp for migrants and asylum seekers in Matamoros, Mexico. © Arlette Blanco/MSF

9 April 2020: An MSF doctor working in a mobile clinic sees a woman living in an informal camp for migrants and asylum seekers in Matamoros, Mexico. © Arlette Blanco/MSF

9 April 2020: An MSF doctor working in a mobile clinic sees a woman living in an informal camp for migrants and asylum seekers in Matamoros, Mexico. © Arlette Blanco/MSF

10 April 202: A health promoter advises people to keep a distance of at least 1.5 metres between each other and to wash their hands at the handwashing points as they enter Timergara DHQ hospital in Lower Dir, Pakistan. Every day, about 1,000 people pass through the screening point installed by MSF at the hospital. © Nasir Ghafoor/MSF

10 April 202: A health promoter advises people to keep a distance of at least 1.5 metres between each other and to wash their hands at the handwashing points as they enter Timergara DHQ hospital in Lower Dir, Pakistan. Every day, about 1,000 people pass through the screening point installed by MSF at the hospital. © Nasir Ghafoor/MSF

10 April 202: A health promoter advises people to keep a distance of at least 1.5 metres between each other and to wash their hands at the handwashing points as they enter Timergara DHQ hospital in Lower Dir, Pakistan. Every day, about 1,000 people pass through the screening point installed by MSF at the hospital. © Nasir Ghafoor/MSF

11 April 2020: MSF staff don personal protective equipment in the new London COVID CARE Centre, MSF's first UK project. The centre provides rapid testing, accommodation in which to self-isolate, and medical care for members of the homeless community with suspected or confirmed COVID-19. Eleven MSF staff are providing nursing and logistics support at the centre, which is being run in partnership with the University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. © Louis Dowse/MSF

11 April 2020: MSF staff don personal protective equipment in the new London COVID CARE Centre, MSF's first UK project. The centre provides rapid testing, accommodation in which to self-isolate, and medical care for members of the homeless community with suspected or confirmed COVID-19. Eleven MSF staff are providing nursing and logistics support at the centre, which is being run in partnership with the University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. © Louis Dowse/MSF

11 April 2020: MSF staff don personal protective equipment in the new London COVID CARE Centre, MSF's first UK project. The centre provides rapid testing, accommodation in which to self-isolate, and medical care for members of the homeless community with suspected or confirmed COVID-19. Eleven MSF staff are providing nursing and logistics support at the centre, which is being run in partnership with the University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. © Louis Dowse/MSF

13 April 2020: MSF is building a COVID-19 treatment centre in Niger, West Africa, to support the Nigerien authorities. More than 170 people have been recruited and trained, including 20 health promoters. MSF and local Ministry of Health staff will provide care for COVID-19 patients at the centre. ©Nathalie San Gil/MSF

13 April 2020: MSF is building a COVID-19 treatment centre in Niger, West Africa, to support the Nigerien authorities. More than 170 people have been recruited and trained, including 20 health promoters. MSF and local Ministry of Health staff will provide care for COVID-19 patients at the centre. ©Nathalie San Gil/MSF

13 April 2020: MSF is building a COVID-19 treatment centre in Niger, West Africa, to support the Nigerien authorities. More than 170 people have been recruited and trained, including 20 health promoters. MSF and local Ministry of Health staff will provide care for COVID-19 patients at the centre. ©Nathalie San Gil/MSF

14 April, 2020: An elderly man watches as an MSF staff member disinfects his room in the Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes nursing home residence in El Royo, Spain. Throughout the Castilla y León region, MSF staff are working with volunteers from the fire brigade to disinfect spaces, establish staff and resident flow, and transfer patients from nursing homes and residences for the elderly. © Olmo Calvo/MSF

14 April, 2020: An elderly man watches as an MSF staff member disinfects his room in the Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes nursing home residence in El Royo, Spain. Throughout the Castilla y León region, MSF staff are working with volunteers from the fire brigade to disinfect spaces, establish staff and resident flow, and transfer patients from nursing homes and residences for the elderly. © Olmo Calvo/MSF

14 April, 2020: An elderly man watches as an MSF staff member disinfects his room in the Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes nursing home residence in El Royo, Spain. Throughout the Castilla y León region, MSF staff are working with volunteers from the fire brigade to disinfect spaces, establish staff and resident flow, and transfer patients from nursing homes and residences for the elderly. © Olmo Calvo/MSF

14 April 2020: MSF nurse Kathrine Zimmerman (far right) was seconded to the intensive care unit of the University Hospitals of Geneva in Switzerland. Here, she helps a group of nurses and doctors turn a COVID-19 patient onto her stomach so that she can breathe better. © Nora Teylouni/MSF

14 April 2020: MSF nurse Kathrine Zimmerman (far right) was seconded to the intensive care unit of the University Hospitals of Geneva in Switzerland. Here, she helps a group of nurses and doctors turn a COVID-19 patient onto her stomach so that she can breathe better. © Nora Teylouni/MSF

14 April 2020: MSF nurse Kathrine Zimmerman (far right) was seconded to the intensive care unit of the University Hospitals of Geneva in Switzerland. Here, she helps a group of nurses and doctors turn a COVID-19 patient onto her stomach so that she can breathe better. © Nora Teylouni/MSF

21 April 2020: People who are at risk of social exclusion, such as the homeless, migrants and asylum seekers, line up to receive food and hygiene kits distributed by MSF, the Belgian Red Cross and local organisation Plateforme Citoyenne in Belgium. MSF teams are supporting the distributions and raising awareness about hygiene and water and sanitation measures. © Albert Masias/MSF

21 April 2020: People who are at risk of social exclusion, such as the homeless, migrants and asylum seekers, line up to receive food and hygiene kits distributed by MSF, the Belgian Red Cross and local organisation Plateforme Citoyenne in Belgium. MSF teams are supporting the distributions and raising awareness about hygiene and water and sanitation measures. © Albert Masias/MSF

21 April 2020: People who are at risk of social exclusion, such as the homeless, migrants and asylum seekers, line up to receive food and hygiene kits distributed by MSF, the Belgian Red Cross and local organisation Plateforme Citoyenne in Belgium. MSF teams are supporting the distributions and raising awareness about hygiene and water and sanitation measures. © Albert Masias/MSF

22 April 2020: MSF staff members wait for the first visitors on opening day of MSF's shower trailer in Manhattan, New York. In the US city, MSF is offering free warm showers to the homeless and other people who currently lack access to hygiene facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. © Michelle Mays/MSF

22 April 2020: MSF staff members wait for the first visitors on opening day of MSF's shower trailer in Manhattan, New York. In the US city, MSF is offering free warm showers to the homeless and other people who currently lack access to hygiene facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. © Michelle Mays/MSF

22 April 2020: MSF staff members wait for the first visitors on opening day of MSF's shower trailer in Manhattan, New York. In the US city, MSF is offering free warm showers to the homeless and other people who currently lack access to hygiene facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. © Michelle Mays/MSF

5 May 2020: eSwatini has high rates of HIV and tuberculosis, and is now dealing with an outbreak of COVID-19. While it remains unclear how COVID-19 will impact people living with HIV, it is known that patients with existing chronic illnesses and weakened immune systems are more at risk. TB is a disease that attacks the lungs, like COVID-19, and it is therefore likely that TB patients will suffer more severe forms and worse complications if they become infected. Here, MSF mobile clinic staff visit patients' homes to deliver drug refills and food. © Jakub Hein/MSF

5 May 2020: eSwatini has high rates of HIV and tuberculosis, and is now dealing with an outbreak of COVID-19. While it remains unclear how COVID-19 will impact people living with HIV, it is known that patients with existing chronic illnesses and weakened immune systems are more at risk. TB is a disease that attacks the lungs, like COVID-19, and it is therefore likely that TB patients will suffer more severe forms and worse complications if they become infected. Here, MSF mobile clinic staff visit patients' homes to deliver drug refills and food. © Jakub Hein/MSF

5 May 2020: eSwatini has high rates of HIV and tuberculosis, and is now dealing with an outbreak of COVID-19. While it remains unclear how COVID-19 will impact people living with HIV, it is known that patients with existing chronic illnesses and weakened immune systems are more at risk. TB is a disease that attacks the lungs, like COVID-19, and it is therefore likely that TB patients will suffer more severe forms and worse complications if they become infected. Here, MSF mobile clinic staff visit patients' homes to deliver drug refills and food. © Jakub Hein/MSF

6 May 2020: A health worker prepares to swab a patient during a mass COVID-19 screening and testing event held in Johannesburg, South Africa, where MSF contact tracers assisted with training, monitoring and conducting tests. © Tadeu Andre/MSF

6 May 2020: A health worker prepares to swab a patient during a mass COVID-19 screening and testing event held in Johannesburg, South Africa, where MSF contact tracers assisted with training, monitoring and conducting tests. © Tadeu Andre/MSF

6 May 2020: A health worker prepares to swab a patient during a mass COVID-19 screening and testing event held in Johannesburg, South Africa, where MSF contact tracers assisted with training, monitoring and conducting tests. © Tadeu Andre/MSF

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