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 began, approximately 1.5 million people have fled the country, of whom more than 53,000 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 2020 in Russia
Data and information from the International Activity Report 2020.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, MSF supported drug-resistant TB (DR-TB) patients with food parcels and health education about infection prevention measures. We also donated laboratory materials to Ministry of Health partners conducting COVID-19 testing.
In addition to our ongoing partnership with Arkhangelsk Regional Ministry of Health, Northern State Medical University and Arkhangelsk Clinical TB Dispensary, we entered into a technical agreement with the Regional TB Control Centre in Vladimir, to build on existing expertise and work together to implement novel, all-oral, short-course treatment regimens.
A study on oral short-course DR-TB regimens was approved by the Ethical Review Board of MSF and Ethical Research Committee of Northern State Medical University, with patient enrolment expected to begin in early 2021. The purpose of conducting the study in Arkhangelsk and Vladimir regions is to provide evidence for future developments in TB policy in Russia, and increase the availability of effective models of treatment that are more tolerable for patients.
In Moscow and Saint Petersburg, we work with two civil society organisations who offer high-quality healthcare to vulnerable people, including those living with HIV. People who are excluded from access to health clinics receive medical care through fixed and mobile units operated by these partners and supported by MSF.
In addition, during the COVID-19 pandemic, we delivered training and health education on prevention measures, and gave material support for hygiene and personal protective equipment for people treated by the civil society organisations. The training was adapted so it could be delivered online.
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