Ukraine - First train referral
As the war in Ukraine escalates, our teams are responding to a deepening humanitarian crisis.

We are stepping up our response, providing medical care to people who have been caught up in, or have been forced to flee, the fighting. Our teams are donating emergency supplies to hospitals and providing vital training to their staff.  

There is full-scale warfare in many areas, making movements difficult, dangerous or simply impossible.

We are scaling up our medical and humanitarian response in various parts of the country, based on where our assistance is needed and will have a significant impact.

Our activities in Ukraine in 2020

Data and information from the International Activity Report 2020.

MSF in Ukraine in 2020 We run a range of activities in Ukraine, including tuberculosis (TB) and HIV programmes. In 2020, we started new projects in Donetsk and Luhansk, while also supporting the national COVID-19 response.
Ukraine Activities 2020

MSF is collaborating with the Ministry of Health to improve basic healthcare in Donetsk region’s remote, conflict-affected communities. Our teams have switched from running mobile clinics to working in general healthcare facilities, providing technical and practical assistance to staff. We are also strengthening community healthcare through the involvement of local volunteers.

In Luhansk region, we started supporting the regional HIV programme to improve diagnosis and treatment for patients with advanced HIV disease, focusing on putting patients at the centre of care provided in health facilities and in the community.

In Mykolaiv, we treated hepatitis C patients living with HIV, using a new direct-acting antiviral regimen. We handed this project over to the Mykolaiv Regional Centre of Palliative Care and Integrated Services in May.

In partnership with the regional TB dispensary in Zhytomyr, MSF is running an innovative treatment regimen for patients with drug-resistant TB (DR-TB). The treatment plan is shorter, lasting between nine and 12 months, and uses highly effective oral drugs that cause fewer side effects than the older injectable ones. The operational research study that started in 2019 is examining the effectiveness of this model of care, which also includes outpatient consultations, psychological counselling and social support.  

MSF teams also supported the COVID-19 response in Kyiv, Donetsk and Zhytomyr. Our teams trained health ministry staff in infection prevention and control, and offered psychological support to patients and healthcare workers. In Marinka district, Donetsk region, our mobile teams provided home-based care and transported COVID-19 samples for testing. In Zhytomyr, we ensured TB patients received their medicines and psychosocial support throughout the lockdown.

Following widespread fires in Luhansk in October, our teams donated hygiene kits for distribution in Syrotyne village, near Sievierodonetsk city.

 

in 2020
 
Ukraine/ Mobile clinics Mariupol
Ukraine

We are lost here and very scared

Project Update 5 Jul 2016
 
Dr Joanne Liu at UNSC meeting
Attacks on medical care

MSF President to UN Security Council: “Stop these attacks”

Speech 3 May 2016
 
Drug-resistant TB (DR-TB) Colony 3. Donetsk Ukraine
Ukraine

Termination of MSF support to MDR-TB programme in the penitentiary system after accreditation was cancelled on 19 October

Project Update 13 Nov 2015
 
East Ukraine Conflict, Donetsk, FEB 2015
Ukraine

MSF strongly refutes false allegations levelled in the media by the Humanitarian Committee of the Donetsk People’s Republic

Statement 26 Oct 2015
 
Ukraine

MSF refused permission to work in Lugansk, leaving vulnerable people deprived of essential healthcare and medicines

Statement 25 Sep 2015
 
Ukraine

The Situation in Lugansk

Project Update 28 May 2015