4-15 | Recent days have seen a significant rise in the number of patients with COVID-19 in Iraq, with over 1,000 infections and 60 confirmed deaths, according to the Iraq Ministry of Health (MOH). Since the virus has started to spread across the country, the capital, Baghdad, has reported the most cases and deaths.MSF teams assisting hospitals in BaghdadOn 1 April 2020, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) began supporting Baghdad’s Ibn al-Khatib hospital, one of three designated by the MOH to treat patients with COVID-19 in the city.
4-13 | After the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Yemen on 10 April, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is calling for the authorities in Yemen to urgently allow the entrance of supplies and humanitarian staff to the country in order to facilitate a response to the disease.While the different authorities in Yemen have taken some steps to plan for a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, five years of war means that the health system has collapsed, making an effective response to the disease almost impossible with the existing resources in the country.
4-10 | Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is extremely concerned about the situation for elderly people during the COVID-19 outbreak in Spain. The international medical humanitarian organisation is calling on the Spanish health authorities to ensure that care for elderly patients is compassionate and that dignified farewells are facilitated between patients and families both in their final hours and after they have died. This should be done while always maintaining due respect for distance and protection measures, as well as limiting the number of those present.
4-10 | Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has launched activities in Lebanon to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, aiming at increasing access to healthcare for vulnerable communities.Safeguarding regular medical programmesMSF intends to keep most of its regular medical programs running, while adapting them to the current situation by promptly strengthening infection prevention and control measures across its activities. The medical needs of the communities we serve cannot be put on hold.
4-7 | Everyone is affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, but the impact may be felt by some more than others. In addition to the elderly and those with underlying conditions, there are other populations who are also vulnerable.