Georgia: TB Programmes in Abkhais and South Ossetia

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In the Central TB Hospital in the capital, Sukhumi, MSF set up a laboratory with supplies and equipment, carried out rehabilitation and participated in an internal reorganisation of the hospital. MSF has now begun screening and treating patients in the hospital. It is also providing training for hospital staff in Directly Observed Treatment Short course (DOTS) chemotherapy, as well as refresher courses in hygiene and sterility.

The organisation is evaluating the regional polyclinic system in order to create a thorough system of follow-up treatment of TB patients. MSF is involved in assisting vulnerable people through primary medical distribution to health posts across Abkhasia. Medical and social assistance is targeted at 3,000 people who have suffered during the conflict.

In the autonomous republic of South Ossetia, MSF runs a medical distribution programme for 14 health structures in Tshkinvali. MSF's medical and social assistance programme for the 2,000 most vulnerable people in this area is being handed over to Ossetian doctors and social workers.

MSF's TB programme is achieving good results with an 85% cure rate for the newly affected. MSF runs information seminars for doctors and is raising awareness in the community on TB issues.

In May 1998, MSF started its programme on reproductive health in the Georgian capital Tbilisi and in January 1999, opened an information centre for reproductive health issues.

In the Zugdidi district of western Georgia, MSF runs an assistance project for those displaced by the Abkhasian crisis. This includes medical supply, rehabilitation of medical structures and training health care staff.