India: Latest MSF Updates

 

This information is excerpted from MSF’s 2016 International Activity Report.

MSF focused mainly on mental health care; screening and treatment for HIV, tuberculosis (TB), and hepatitis C; and support to victims of sexual and gender-based violence.

MSF ran mobile clinics in remote areas of Chhattisgarh, where low-intensity conflict has left much of the local population with limited or no access to health care. Teams conducted 50,057 outpatient consultations, treated 9,094 malaria patients, and administered 2,872 vaccinations. At MSF’s mother and child health center in Bijapur, staff assisted 312 deliveries and carried out 5,419 antenatal consultations.

MSF’s community-based clinic in north Delhi, Umeed ki Kiran (Ray of Hope), offered medical and psychological care to victims of domestic and sexual violence. MSF’s mental health team trained 164 accredited social health activists in identifying signs and symptoms of sexual and gender-based violence.

Since 2001, MSF has provided counseling services to people affected by conflict in Jammu and Kashmir. In May, MSF released the first ever comprehensive survey on the state of mental health here. Conducted in collaboration with Kashmir University and the Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, the survey found significant symptoms of mental distress in 45 percent of adults. Following an outbreak of violence in July, the team gave psychological first aid to victims of trauma and donated medical supplies.

In Mumbai, MSF provided medical and psychosocial care for patients with HIV and drug-resistant TB (DR-TB) through four projects. MSF opened a TB outpatient department at Shatabdi hospital in June and supported five health posts in the community. MSF counsellors provided psychosocial support in several TB hospitals in Sewri, south Mumbai. MSF also provided screening and treatment for HIV, DR-TB, and hepatitis C at three clinics in Manipur. After an extensive fact-finding mission, MSF chose Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, as the site for a hepatitis C treatment program expected to launch in January 2017. In Bihar, MSF focused on treating kala azar patients co-infected with HIV, a growing health issue affecting the most vulnerable communities.

In late 2015, MSF initiated a project on febrile illnesses in the Asansol district of Burdwan, West Bengal, with the aim of improving diagnosis and treatment. In 2016, teams at Asansol district hospital and surrounding primary health centers screened 101,519 patients and identified and treated 11,374 cases of acute fever and 1,425 cases of acute undifferentiated fever. 

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