Gallery: The challenges of treating prisoners with DR-TB in Ukraine
The TB epidemic in Ukraine is among the most severe in the European region, with nearly 700,000 people infected. In the Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine, MSF provides treatment and support to inmates suffering from drug-resistant TB (DR-TB). MSF works in Colony 3 (regional prison hospital for inmates with TB) and three SIZOs (pre-trial detention centers). MSF also continues to provide support to prisoners who were initiated on treatment in the prison system but finished their jail term before treatment was completed.
MSF’s support includes diagnosis and testing, provision of medical treatment, and psychological and social support to help MDR-TB patients continue taking their medication. MSF has also rehabilitated lab facilities and introduced infection control measures to prevent transmission of the disease within the prison walls. MSF also provides ARV treatment to patients that are co-infected with HIV.
See also: Interview with MSF’s Field Coordinator in Donetsk on the challenges of treating prisoners with Drug-Resistant TB