Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh: First MSF patient cured of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis

© Ann Doherty Click on image for full size A patient at the tuberculosis hospital in Nagorno-Karabakh gets a visit from an MSF doctor.
First MDR-TB patient cured June 2001 marked the first cure of a patient treated for multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB) in MSF's TB program in Nagorno-Karabakh. For patients suffering from the non-resistant form of TB, patient care and staff training at the Stepanakert TB clinic has boosted the cure rate to 82%. MSF also screens for the disease at the Stepanakert Psychiatric Hospital and the prison in Souchi. Through August 2000, MSF worked to refurbish the Stepanakert Psychiatric Hospital and trained local nurses, teachers, and school directors to care for and recognize outpatient mental health disorders. © Ann Doherty Click on image for full size Young boys strike a pose at the Vardashan Institute, in Terevan, Armenia, home to over 100 boys and girls in difficulty. MSF provides medical and psycho-social support.
Sevan psychiatric program draws to a close In summer 2001, MSF withdrew from the Sevan Psychiatric Hospital in northern Armenia, after three years of work. MSF rehabilitated the facilities, trained staff, and introduced recreational activities in an effort to improve living conditions and reduce the hospitalization period for the hospital's 406 patients. MSF expects to begin a new mental health project in Armenia, this time with a focus on outpatient care. Click on image for full size
In the province of Tavush, MSF offers women of reproductive age access to family planning and information on contraception. This project will be handed over to the public health authorities in December 2001. In Yerevan, the Armenian capital, MSF has added direct outreach to children living in the streets to its ongoing program of medical and psychosocial care for young people placed in the Vardashan Institute, a facility for children in difficulty. MSF has been active in Armenia since 1988 and in Nagorno-Karabakh since 1989. International staff: 21 National staff: 71