COVID-19: Solidarity knows no borders

An MSF midwife shares her experience caring for refugees in Greece

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) provides vital medical and mental care for refugees trapped on the Greek island of Lesbos. MSF midwife Eleonora Selmi is part of the team responding to the threats presented by the new coronavirus. Originally from Italy—among the countries hardest hit by the pandemic—she describes what it’s like to be providing care far from home. “I feel part of this huge effort in every part of the world. And this is the most important thing because the virus doesn't have limits and crosses all the borders. So does solidarity,” she says. MSF teams have been working in Lesbos since 2016 to care for refugees living in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions. They are now extremely vulnerable to the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. We are calling for the immediate evacuation of those most at risk.