DMITRY Story: “I have nowhere to go.”
We are working with the Ministry of Health in Belarus to improve adherence to treatment for patients with drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) and a dependence on substances such as alcohol.

According to WHO's latest report, Belarus is listed as a multidrug-resistant TB high burden country. We are supporting the Ministry of Health in four TB facilities across Minsk city and region. Minsk is also a site for two clinical studies into shorter, innovative TB regimens which use newer TB drugs, TB PRACTECAL and endTB.

In Orsha, teams also treat inmates of a prison with DR-TB and co-infections such as hepatitis C, for which they receive direct-acting antiviral drugs.

Our activities in 2020 in Belarus

Data and information from the International Activity Report 2020. 

MSF in Belarus in 2020 During 2020, MSF continued to support the Belarusian national tuberculosis (TB) programme at four facilities in the capital, Minsk, and in two other locations.
Map of MSF activities in 2020 in Belarus

Using a person-centred approach, MSF’s multidisciplinary teams provide treatment as well as psychosocial support to patients with drug-resistant TB (DR-TB). This includes helping those who use alcohol or other substances to manage their dependency, so that they can successfully complete their treatment. Our teams also support the treatment of inmates who have DR-TB and co-infections, such as hepatitis C and/or HIV, in the TB hospital in the penal colony in Orsha in the east of the country and patients in a forced hospitalisation centre in Volkovichi, near Minsk. 

Minsk is one of the five sites of the MSF-sponsored TB PRACTECAL clinical trial that is exploring innovative treatment regimens for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB). The regimens are much shorter – six months instead of the current 18 – and do not require injectable drugs. The trial continued throughout 2020 and entered its second stage late in the year.   

Following presidential elections in Belarus in August, frequent civil society demonstrations in Minsk and other cities have faced violent responses. MSF began preparations to support the Ministry of Health to offer psychosocial support to people in need and provide technical expertise to strengthen psychosocial referrals within the public health system. 

 

In 2020
Andrey and Polina TB Patients
This experience has changed our outlook on life. Polina, a patient taking part in MSF's TB trial

Tackling TB together

 
DMITRY Story: “I have nowhere to go.”
Belarus

TB patients improve treatment adherence with psychological and social support

Project Update 10 Oct 2019
 
‘My doctors told me – this is the only chance’ - First Patient Finishes Treatment at MSF's TB Project in Belarus
Belarus

“My doctors told me it was my only chance”

Voices from the Field 15 Sep 2017