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COVID-19 - Novel Coronavirus: MSF Canada Resources

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Canada’s COVID-19 operational response team utilized its expertise in emergency outbreak responses to providing valuable guidance to medical organizations, government agencies, and remote Indigenous communities, advising on solutions to prevent and manage COVID-19 outbreaks. 

COVID-19 poses an unprecedented threat to people around the world and MSF was compelled to respond globally, including in countries that normally have high-functioning healthcare systems. In March 2020, the MSF Canada board took the exceptional decision to launch an operational response, targeting communities in Canada most vulnerable to the spread of COVID-19 and its impacts. Our role became largely advisory, sharing information based on our experiences working in epidemic settings such as cholera and Ebola, with operations concluding in mid-July 2020. Read about how the operations evolved and the critical lessons learned in this report.

MSF Canada’s two eBriefings provide curated essential COVID-19 information in a concise and focused way to support the Canadian response. 

Infection, Prevention Control (IPC)

The first, eBriefing, focuses on Infection Prevention Control (IPC) measures in the healthcare setting, reviewing the standard and transmission-based precautions as well as COVID-19 specific considerations to reduce the risk of infection amongst staff and patients. 

Infection Prevention Control (IPC)

Adapting and Developing Medical Facilities

The second eBriefing provides guidance on adapting and developing medical facilities for COVID-19. 

Adapating and Developing Medical Facilities

Both eBriefings can be viewed, printed, and distributed as a PDF:

Learning & Technical Resources

These resources are meant to support healthcare workers to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Website: https://www.covid-resources.msf.be/ 

Password: Covid19msf

MSF is connecting experienced field workers to COVID-19 healthcare and frontline workers

Experienced MSF Canada field workers can speak from personal knowledge about working internationally in challenging contexts, including emergency outbreak responses. Peer support can help build resilience and confidence through experience-sharing. At the same time, solidarity is helping reduce feelings of fear and anxiety about epidemic responses. For more information, please click here.

Management Considerations for COVID-19 Positive Clients Experiencing Homelessness Webinar

Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness (CAEH) hosted a webinar together with MSF Canada's COVID-19 Medical Lead Jaime Wah, and Inner City Health Associates (ICHA) physicians Dr. Kate Hayman and Dr. Leslie Shanks to share management considerations of COVID-19 positive clients experiencing homelessness based on two case studies: the first is a facility offering single isolation accommodation and the second is a shelter forced to implement congregate isolation.

The information included on this site reflects current knowledge and information based on MSF’s experience and is influenced by the exceptional situation created by the COVID 19 epidemic. This information is, therefore, provisional and to be used only in the absence of standard procedures and materials validated by WHO or the Ministry of Health. It does not replace professional clinical judgment or the Ministry of Health or WHO recommendations.