two workers at Al-Sahul COVID-19 centre are trying to carry the oxygen bottle in order to transfer it to inside the ICU, provide oxygen for COVID-19 patients it's a long and exhausting job. “I never before considered how many litres of oxygen a cylinder holds and how many cylinders a patient needs. In Ibb I quickly learned that a patient with moderate to severe COVID-19 symptoms needs about 6 cylinders a day. Any interruption in the provision of oxygen can be deadly.” Said Cristina nurse activity manager for MSF in Al-Sahul COVID-19 treatment centre. © MSF/Majd Aljunaid

Responding to COVID-19: Global Accountability Report 2 – June to August 2020

This report is the second of the accountability reports MSF is producing on our COVID-19 response. Read also the first report, covering the period March – May 2020. 

The COVID-19 global health crisis continues to hold the world firmly in its grip. In many countries around the world, the initial emergency response has turned into a sustained effort to contain recurring waves of infections, putting a relentless strain on healthcare systems, economies, and social life. From June to August, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) continued to respond to the pandemic through its existing programmes, as well as dedicated COVID-19 interventions in more than 250 projects in 63 countries.

The operational focus of MSF’s COVID-19 response remained unchanged. From hard-hit areas to conflict and crisis settings, MSF sought to reach vulnerable populations who were at risk of being left behind, delivering medical care and other assistance to remote communities, people on the move, the homeless, and elderly people living in long-term care facilities. In treatment centres and health facilities across five continents, MSF worked alongside local healthcare workers, strengthening infection prevention and control measures to protect staff, patients and caregivers alike. MSF teams also worked hard to keep other essential health services open and increasingly integrated COVID-19 related activities into regular projects.

MSF’s response to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic between June and August 2020 covers:

  • 63 countries MSF responded to COVID-19 in
  • 2,800 patients treated with severe COVID-19 symptoms
  • 2,270,000 protective equipment, masks and hygiene kits distributed


This second accountability report continues the series launched with the first report released in August, covering the period from March to May, and will be continued with additional reports in 2021.