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In Poland, we provide support to our activities in Ukraine and respond to the needs of refugees arriving in large numbers after the dramatic escalation of the war in the country in 2022.

We also support an innovative tuberculosis (TB) programme in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and WHO to achieve a new model of care, linking Ukrainian TB patients to medical facilities and psycho-social support. 

After withdrawing from the Poland-Belarus border region in December 2021 due to a lack of access authorisation, our teams returned to the area in November 2022. We are now working in the Podlasie region to respond to medical needs in collaboration with other organisations and civil society groups, including treating injuries, hypothermia, dehydration, and making referrals to hospitals for the most severe cases. 

Our activities in 2023 in Poland

Data and information from the International Activity Report 2023.

MSF in Poland in 2023 Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) supports a programme for patients with drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) in Poland. We also assist migrants and refugees stranded at the border with Belarus.
Poland IAR map 2023

Since 2022, MSF has been supporting a pilot DR-TB treatment programme in the capital, Warsaw, run by the Ministry of Health, coordinated by the Institute of Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases, and supported by the World Health Organization. The programme is designed to deliver a new outpatient model of care for DR-TB in Poland. Our teams support in case finding and referring patients to appropriate TB care, as well as undertaking capacity-building activities with Ministry of Health staff.

Our teams also ensure continuity of treatment for Ukrainian refugees with TB, by linking them to medical facilities and offering psychological and social support.

In Podlasie region, near the border with Belarus, we continue to assist people attempting to cross between the two countries. As well as providing basic medical care through mobile teams in remote locations, we organise emergency referrals and follow-up, in close cooperation with other organisations and civil society groups. We also organised training for them in topics such as basic first aid, and how to manage conditions like hypothermia and trench foot (damage to the feet caused by dampness for prolonged periods of time).

In addition, our teams in Poland offer logistical support to our medical humanitarian operations in Ukraine.

 

 
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