7-15 | When the number of patients with confirmed COVID-19 began to rise in March 2020, the Philippines quickly put in place strict community quarantine measures. As of July 2020, there has been no local transmission in the southern city of Marawi, showing how these measures appear to have contributed to containing COVID-19. However, they have also affected the livelihoods of the city’s residents, particularly displaced people living in and around Marawi.
7-15 | In the midst of COVID-19, over 1.3 million people in Iraq are still displaced and living in overcrowded and precarious shelters with unhygienic conditions. Today internally displaced people (IDPs) are amongst the most vulnerable facing the threat of COVID-19, warns the international medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).
7-10 | As COVID-19 spreads through Yemen, widespread fear of the virus is preventing people from seeking medical care, says international medical organisation Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF), which started recently supporting a new COVID-19 treatment centre in Sheikh Zayed hospital in the Yemeni capital Sana’a.
7-7 | As of early July, 141 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Cambodia. Roughly a quarter of these originated from a group of tourists who were travelling through the country in March when almost all of them got infected. When the first cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Cambodia in March, the Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) team had to quickly halt their regular hepatitis C activities to prevent patients from being infected with the virus during visits to the clinic.
7-3 | The COVID-19 pandemic is having potentially catastrophic secondary impacts on the health of women and girls around the world. Decisions made at every level of the response to the pandemic are resulting in women being further cut off from sexual and reproductive health services, threatening sharp rises in maternal and neonatal mortality. Women and girls are often denied care outright or face dangerous delays getting the services they need.