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Winding down projects on tuberculosis, mental health, and cardiac care

Medical staff look at a patient's X-ray at the TB diagnosis and treatment program run by MSF and the Ministry of Health in Grozny, Chechnya.
RUSSIA CHECHNYA 2017 © Lana Abramova
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This information is excerpted from MSF’s 2017 International Activity Report.

In 2017, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) wound down its projects in Russia, which focused on tuberculosis (TB), mental health and cardiac care in Chechnya.

TB program

Since 2004, MSF had been working closely with the Chechen Ministry of Health to implement a TB treatment program. During the year, the team gradually handed over its TB activities to the ministry, admitting its last patient at the end of August. A total of 156 patients have been treated since June 2014. By the end of the year, 60 extensively drug-resistant TB patients were still on treatment. The Ministry of Health has committed to ensuring continuity of care for these patients.

In 2017, MSF started treatment for 27 TB patients co-infected with diabetes, regularly monitoring their blood sugar, and helping them to manage their conditions.

Mental health support

In 2017, teams provided individual psycho-social care for 868 patients and 44 group counseling sessions for victims of violence in the mental health program. This project was closed in March.

Cardiac care

After seven years of activity, the cardiac care project in the emergency hospital in the capital, Grozny, was closed in December. During the last year, MSF focused on ensuring the technical autonomy of the interventional cardiology team. MSF continued to support cardiac care by supplying drugs and medical equipment, improving the quality of treatment for acute patients, and training doctors and nurses. In 2017, the cardiac resuscitation unit admitted 1,568 acute patients, 504 of whom benefited from an angiography (an imaging technique to examine the inside of coronary arteries), and 315 from an angioplasty (a procedure to widen narrowed or obstructed arteries).