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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 2022 in Poland

Data and information from the International Activity Report 2022.

In 2022, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) started to support a new drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) programme in Poland. We also assisted migrants and refugees stranded at the border with Belarus.
Poland IAR map 2022

In February, in response to the escalation of the war in Ukraine, we opened a logistics centre in Poland, through which we supply our medical humanitarian operations in Ukraine, and organise transit for our teams entering and leaving the war-struck country.

Since July, we have been supporting a pilot DR-TB treatment programme run by the Ministry of Health, coordinated by the Institute of Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases, in Warsaw and supported by the World Health Organization (WHO). The programme is designed to provide a new outpatient model of care for DR-TB in Poland. In addition, we donated essential medicines to enable health facilities to implement the latest WHO treatment recommendations.  

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

In November, our teams returned to Podlasie region, near the border with Belarus, to respond to the basic medical needs of migrants and refugees. We continue to carry out these activities in close cooperation with other organisations and civil society groups. 


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