Urgently safeguard people’s access to healthcare, healthcare workers and medical supplies as social unrest deepens in South Africa
7-16 | In the South African provinces of Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), social unrest, including widespread looting, has led to the disruption of crucial healthcare services and access to food and other essentials. To date, 72 people are reported killed in the violence with hundreds more sustaining injuries, including lacerations, gunshot and burn wounds.
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.
4-15 | More than 12 months into Brazil’s COVID-19 emergency, there is still no effective, centralised and coordinated public health response to the outbreak. The lack of political will to adequately respond to the pandemic is killing Brazilians in their thousands.
4-13 | In the early hours of Saturday 3 April, a clearly marked MSF ambulance, travelling from Rokero to Al-Fasher Hospital in Sudan was carjacked. The passengers, which included a pregnant woman being referred to hospital for emergency treatment, had all their belongings stolen and were left by the roadside in a remote location. All four passengers - the patient, their caretaker, a midwife and driver - are now safe. The patient was able to receive the treatment she needed after the team were found and she was able to continue her journey to the hospital.