How MSF is fighting COVID-19 in the Russian Federation
We continue to support the Ministry of Health to provide health education about infection prevention of tuberculosis (TB) and COVID-19. In Moscow and St. Petersburg, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) partners with two community-based organizations that support vulnerable people. We provide medical and paramedical staff with training on TB/HIV co-infection, COVID-19, and basic counseling. MSF also donates PPE (masks, gloves, and hydroalcoholic gel) for people accessing social services from these organizations. We have developed health information materials on COVID-19 infection prevention, TB, and HIV that are being distributed.
In Russia, MSF is collaborating with health authorities and academic partners in Arkhangelsk region to reduce the burden of drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) and improve treatment for the disease. Learn how you can best help in the Russian Federation and other countries.
Working in line with the latest World Health Organization recommendations for DR-TB, our teams in Russia began providing drugs and technical advice to support the treatment of patients with the most severe forms of TB in Arkhangelsk region in January. By the end of the year, we had supported the treatment of 23 patients. In partnership with Arkhangelsk Regional Ministry of Health, Northern State Medical University and Arkhangelsk Clinical TB Dispensary, we are building on existing expertise and working together to implement novel all-oral short-course regimens. The aim of the collaboration is to provide evidence for future developments in TB policy in Russia and increase the availability of more effective models of treatment. Please donate to support our work in the Russian Federation and other countries around the world now.
Our teams have been working in Russia since the early 1990s, running programs in Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Kemerovo region, Chechnya, Ingushetia, and Dagestan.