Chronology of MSF activity with Moscow homeless, 1992-2002

  • May 1992 - Launch of MSF’s program of medical assistance to the homeless in Moscow: consultations in train stations, with emergency medical kits.
  • January 1993 - MSF obtains rooms for night consultations in the train stations of Paveletski and Kurski.
  • September 1993 - Diphteria epidemic in Moscow. Following a request from the Center of Epidemiology and Sanitation of the city of Moscow, MSF organizes a vaccination campaign for the homeless.
  • December 1993 - Railway authorities prohibit the homeless from accessing train stations. MSF is expulsed.
  • February 1994 - The Center of Epidemiology and Sanitation of Moscow offers MSF three rooms for a dispensary located in the building of the disinfection station ##1, at Krasnogvardeiski Blvd, 17. To this day, MSF offers medical and social consultations in this dispensary.
  • August 1994 - Access to the three disinfection stations in Moscow becomes free, leading to a significant improvement in the hygiene conditions of the homeless.
  • July 1995 - In addition to its dispensary, MSF provides medical consultations for the homeless out of mobile buses near the train stations of Paveletski, Kievski, Kazanski, and Kurski.
  • April 1996 - MSF receives an honorary award from the city of Moscow for its work. Although the organization is officially recognized for its role of assistance to the homeless, the city is doing nothing in favor of this population. MSF feels it is urgent to work with the authorities and incite them to take up their responsibilities.
  • January 1997 - MSF opens a center of medical and social assistance for the homeless in St Petersburg.
  • April 1997 - The city of St Petersburg adopts a program of "Aid to Homeless Persons and Ex-prisoners". Free medical assistance is included among the program’s services.
  • May 1999 - MSF reaches its goal: the Botkin Hospital of St Petersburg opens a free medical center for the homeless, the first of its kind in Russia. Before closing its dispensary and leaving St Petersburg, MSF fully rehabilitates the city’s only disinfection center.
  • June 1999 - In Moscow, MSF ceases to run mobile clinics near the train stations and focuses its efforts on the dispensary and on lobbying local authorities.
  • April 2001 - MSF is invited at the Moscow Duma to present a program of medical and social assistance for the homeless that would be run by the city. Duma deputies unanimously vote in favor of the urgent need to create a center.
  • August 2001 - The city of Moscow begins constructing the fourth disinfection center, behind the Kursk train station. This building is destined to house the municipal center of medical and social assistance for the homeless.
  • September 2001 - In partnership with the Russian non-governmental organization "Notchlejka" of St Petersburg, MSF drafts a federal law for the re-socialization of homeless persons. In October, a working group holds its first meeting at the State Duma to discuss this topic.
  • May 2002 - 10 years of work with the homeless. To mark the occasion, MSF organizes a series of public events with the aim of raising solidarity and political will to solve the problem.