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OUR COVID-19 RESPONSE IN BRAZIL

Our concerns

MedicalInadequate access to healthcare
Following a rise in cases in the Amazonas, the local health system has collapsed. There are reports of oxygen shortages and large numbers of patient deaths, particularly of those transported from remote locations to the state’s capital Manaus. 

Our responses

MedicalSupporting health authorities
Our teams are supporting the local infirmary in São Gabriel da Cachoeira and the local hospital in Tefé, whilst working to increase the testing capacity of the municipality.  

MedicalProviding essentials
MSF donated oxygen cylinders and oxygen concentrators to a hospital in Tefé. 

 

Completed COVID-19 projects in Brazil

  • COVID-19 care activities in Manaus: During our activities, MSF staff worked in the public hospital and managed 12 beds in the intensive care unit, along with 36 beds for moderate and severe cases of COVID-19. We also ran an isolation centre for migrant Venezuelan indigenous people with suspected COVID-19.
  • São Paulo palliative care project: Management of our palliative care services has been passed to the Tide Setubal hospital staff. MSF is providing some staff for to ensure a smooth transition. 

 

Will you support our COVID-19 response?

Médecins Sans Frontières is providing support and medical care around the world to counter the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re providing essential care through dedicated COVID-19 facilities, equipping frontline medical staff with PPE and training, and supporting health authorities through testing and community education.

With 50 years of experience fighting epidemics, we’re committed to protecting the most vulnerable and saving lives.

Can you help increase our capacity to respond by making a donation to our COVID-19 Crisis Appeal?

 

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MSF first worked in Brazil in 1991.

Following the Haiti earthquake of January 2010, thousands of Haitians fled the devastation and sought asylum in Brazil. Stranded in the border town Tabatinga, and unable to work or leave until they received authorisation, many were living in extremely poor conditions. In November of 2010, Médecins Sans Frontières began offering psychological support and distributed washing kits. 

By January of 2012, the Brazilian Ministry of Justice announced that some 4,000 Haitians would be granted residence and work visas. The federal government also opened up legal migration opportunities from Haiti. With the improvement in the situation, MSF’s program was closed in February 2012.

Many Haitians left Tabatinga for the city of Manaus, and an MSF team provided training in mental healthcare and health promotion to health staff and social workers in Manaus.