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 2022 in Russia
Data and information from the International Activity Report 2022.
In Arkhangelsk and Vladimir, we continued to collaborate with the local health authorities and Northern State Medical University, implementing a nine-month DR-TB treatment course. The medication is all oral, which means patients do not have to have painful injections, and it is easier to tolerate. In the near future, we plan to start enrolling patients on an even shorter course – just six months – that has recently been recommended by the World Health Organization.
In Moscow and St Petersburg, in cooperation with two community-based NGOs, we provided treatment for patients living with HIV, and medical consultations for people with little access to healthcare, including those who had crossed into Russia due to the conflict in Ukraine. We also supported our partner NGO in Moscow to run a mobile clinic serving people living in vulnerable circumstances, offering medical and social assistance.
In 2022, we started to support people who had arrived in Voronezh, Belgorod and Rostov regions in southern Russia, after fleeing from the conflict in Ukraine. Through regional NGOs, we organised a team of local doctors, psychologists and social workers to ensure that they received the necessary medical care in authorised medical institutions. MSF also covered gaps in healthcare and offered financial support to pay for medications and medical consultations when needed. In addition, we donated urgently needed items, such as food, hygiene kits and essential household items, to local organisations, which supported more than 20,000 newly arrived people.
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