4-23 | The international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is restarting its emergency response today in India amid a surging second wave of COVID-19 in Mumbai in Maharashtra state. The city is very densely populated, and poor hygiene conditions in parts of the city could lead to a rapid spread of the virus if more isn’t done to prevent transmission and treat people who have fallen ill. New infections across the country have reached more than 300,000 cases in a single day—a global record.
Yemen: MSF calls on international actors to increase support to the COVID-19 response as a second wave overwhelms medical facilities.
4-1 | Aden, 24 March 2021 – Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is seeing a dramatic influx of critically ill COVID-19 patients requiring hospitalization in Aden and many other parts of the country.
Lebanon: MSF participating in COVID-19 vaccination efforts for the most vulnerable populations across the country
4-1 | Beirut, 26 March 2021 (MSF) - Médecins Sans Frontières /Doctors Without Borders (MSF) started vaccinating elderly people and medical personnel in nursing homes against covid-19 on March 19th following an agreement with the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH).To date, 1,050 people were vaccinated by the mobile teams sent out by MSF across the country, starting in Baalbeck (Chlifa, El Sharawneh), Bekaa valley (Hermel), South Lebanon (Abbasiyeh), Mount Lebanon (Zouk and Hammana).
4-1 | I saw something new in Baghdad recently. At one of the city’s many checkpoints, men in white coats and N95 masks were standing in front of the soldiers, checking whether passengers in minivans were wearing their masks. The cigarette vendors that wind their way through the waiting cars had added a sideline in selling surgical masks.
4-1 | Up until March 2021, Papua New Guinea had been largely spared of any major COVID-19 outbreak. Within a few weeks, confirmed COVID-19 cases have tripled and increasing numbers of healthcare staff are testing positive, pushing them into home quarantine. The health system in Papua New Guinea is at risk of collapsing as health facilities managing COVID-19 are close to capacity and almost too stretched to provide regular primary healthcare.