India

Activities  2015 International Activity Report

MSF continued to focus on improving diagnosis and treatment of HIV, tuberculosis (TB) and kala azar (visceral leishmaniasis) for people unable to access healthcare in India.

Due to poverty, social exclusion and an under-resourced health service, basic medical care is out of reach for a significant portion of India’s population. MSF works to fill some of these gaps and to increase capacity in the system.

Mobile clinics

MSF continued to run weekly mobile clinics providing free basic healthcare to villages in southern Chhattisgarh, and to displaced people in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. These communities have limited access to medical services because of the ongoing, low-intensity conflict in the area.

In Chhattisgarh, the mother and child health centre in Bijapur district provides obstetric, neonatal and paediatric care. MSF teams run mobile clinics offering basic and specialist medical services to people living in the surrounding area. More than 56,400 consultations were carried out and over 13,800 patients were treated for malaria.

Extending care for HIV, TB and hepatitis

MSF’s clinic in Mumbai provides psychosocial and outpatient medical care to patients with HIV, drug-resistant TB (DR-TB), hepatitis B and C, and those co-infected with any of these diseases. The team also supports infection control activities for DR-TB and works closely with staff at Sewri TB hospital to increase treatment capacity. Towards the end of the year, MSF started working with the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme to find ways to reduce the number of people contracting and dying from TB in eastern Mumbai, where the number of cases is particularly high.

The northeastern state of Manipur has some of the highest rates of HIV in the country, and in mid-2015, MSF began treating HIV patients co-infected with hepatitis C – more than 25 per cent of all patients. The comprehensive care programme for HIV and TB patients continued in Churachandpur, Chakpikarong and Moreh, as did MSF’s work supporting a local NGO with oral substitution therapy for intravenous drug users.

Read more about MSF's activities in India in 2015.

Year MSF first worked in the country: 1999.

2015 Key figures
Outpatient consultations 76,100
Individual and group mental health consultations 3,400
Patients treated in feeding centres 1,800
Patients on first-line ARV treatment 1,600
Patients under treatment for kala azar 730
No. staff in 2015 588
2015 Expenditure €11.7 million

Figures from 2015 International Activity Report
and 2015 International Financial Report

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