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In Russia, MSF is collaborating with health authorities and academic partners in the Arkhangelsk and Vladimir regions to reduce the burden of drug-resistant tuberculosis.

Our teams are working on a study in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, which aims to prove the effectiveness of all-oral novel short-course regimens for patients with DR-TB. In 2021, more than 60 people were enrolled into the study in the regions of Arkhangelsk and Vladimir. By the end of 2021, the first patients completed their treatment and started the follow-up stage.

In Moscow and St. Petersburg, we continue our partnership with two community-based NGOs, offering healthcare to vulnerable people, including those living with HIV. The current project has been running since 2020, and has expanded its support from COVID-19 to additional infectious diseases.

Since the war in Ukraine escalated in 2022, many people have sought safety in Russia. We have set up teams in Russia to explore the humanitarian and medical needs of refugees and displaced people.

Our activities in 2023 in Russia

Data and information from the International Activity Report 2023.

MSF in Russia in 2023 In Russia, Médecins Sans Frontières provides treatment for people with drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) and HIV. Since 2022, we have also been assisting people displaced by the conflict in Ukraine.
Russia IAR map 2023

In Arkhangelsk and Vladimir, we are collaborating with the local health authorities and the Northern State Medical University to implement a nine-month treatment regimen for DR-TB. In September 2023, we started enrolling patients on an even shorter – six-month – all-oral treatment regimen in Arkhangelsk that was recommended by the World Health Organization in its updated treatment guidelines in late 2022.

In Moscow and Saint Petersburg, we continued to partner with two community-based NGOs to support access to general healthcare, as well as testing and treatment for infectious diseases, for people living with HIV and other vulnerable groups, such as migrants, who otherwise struggle to obtain medical assistance.

Throughout 2023, our teams worked in southwestern Russia, providing mental health and psychosocial support to people displaced by the international armed conflict in Ukraine. We collaborated with local NGOs in the cities of Belgorod and Rostov-on-Don to ensure that people affected by the conflict received medical and mental health support.

In August, we concluded our support to a Voronezh-based NGO and started a new partnership with a local NGO in Taganrog, in Rostov region. Jointly, we organised medical consultations and referrals for displaced people and provided technical support and training to NGO staff. We also donated urgently needed aid, such as food parcels, hygiene kits and essential household items, for distribution by local organisations to people displaced from Ukraine and those inside Russian border areas.


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