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MSF steps up COVID-19 response in northern Brazil as COVID-19 epidemic is ‘out of control’ - March 22, 2021

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  • MSF steps up COVID-19 response in northern Brazil as COVID-19 epidemic is ‘out of control’ - March 22, 2021


    MSF steps up COVID-19 response in northern Brazil as epidemic is ‘out of control’


    MAR 22, 2021


    As the number of cases and deaths from COVID-19 in Brazil is increasing, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is mobilizing additional emergency teams to help fight the disease. “The challenge Brazil faces today is simply unprecedented,” says Ana de Lemos, executive director for MSF Brazil. “We are facing an epidemic that is out of control, with health systems in most Brazilian states on the verge of collapse or already lying in ruin.”

    MSF’s COVID-19 response over the past year is the organization’s largest effort since we began providing medical services in Brazil in the early 1990s. Hundreds of MSF staff have been involved in treating patients with COVID-19 in Brazil—many of them Brazilians with international experience suddenly responding to a crisis in their own country. MSF has worked in several Brazilian states, assisting homeless people, migrants, indigenous communities, and people in prisons. In the north of the country, we supported the local health systems in Amazonas and Roraima states, and have just started a project in Rondonia to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19.

    While still active in Amazonas state providing mental health care for health workers, the international medical humanitarian organization’s new projects in the northern region aim to prevent new cases and improve care in areas with fragile health systems and among vulnerable communities. MSF is working to support the local health system in this region, which has been overwhelmed by the rising number of patients requiring hospitalization due to COVID-19.

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