Last updated 5 July 2016
After two years of providing much needed medical and humanitarian assistance to people affected by the conflict in Bakhmut and surrounding areas, MSF concluded its activities at the end of July 2016. However, MSF teams continue to run mobile clinics in Mariupol and the surrounding areas.
Activities 2015 International Activity Report
In January and February, fighting between the Ukrainian army and the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics escalated to a level not seen since August 2014, and had a devastating effect on civilians caught in the conflict zone.
MSF teams urgently expanded their support to hospitals on both sides of the frontline. However, heavy fighting trapped civilians in frontline towns and made it difficult for MSF to reach the hardest hit areas. Medical facilities were regularly shelled, forcing staff to flee and depriving thousands of people of healthcare. A ceasefire came into effect following the fall of the strategic city of Debaltseve on 18 February, three days after the signature of the Minsk II agreement.
In 2015, MSF donated medicines and medical equipment to more than 350 health facilities on both sides of the frontline, enabling the treatment of over 9,900 patients with conflict-related injuries and more than 61,000 with chronic diseases; additionally, 5,100 births were assisted. Teams also carried out around 159,900 basic healthcare consultations and 12,000 mental health consultations in cooperation with the Ministry of Health.
Supplying essential medicines
Although there was less fighting after the Minsk II agreement, shelling continued in many areas and medical needs remained on both sides of the demarcation line. Drug supplies had been disrupted or cut off for more than a year by this point and prices had increased significantly. People struggled to obtain antibiotics, painkillers and psychiatric drugs, as well as medications for chronic illnesses such as high blood pressure, diabetes and heart and kidney disease. The supply of essential drugs for tuberculosis (TB) and HIV, as well as vaccinations for measles and polio, was also disrupted.
MSF became one of the major suppliers of medicines for chronic diseases to hospitals, health centres and homes for elderly and disabled people in the east of the country. Teams provided insulin to more than 5,000 diabetic patients in 16 hospitals in Gorlovka, Donetsk, Yenakevo, Starobesheve, Telmanovo and Novoazovsk, and also provided haemodialysis supplies for patients with advanced kidney failure in Gorlovka and Donetsk.
In addition, teams ran mobile clinics in 80 towns and villages around Donetsk, Luhansk, Artemovsk, Mariupol and Debaltseve and throughout Luhansk region, offering basic healthcare and mental health support to residents and displaced people.Read more about MSF's activities in Ukraine in 2015.
Year MSF first worked in the country: 1999.
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