How we’re helping in Ukraine

Psychological help and medical treatment for those affected by violence

Olena Markova, an MSF nurse, explains to 78-year-old Lidiia how to take the hearing test at the Zhytomyr Regional TB Dispensary. Certain drugs used in TB treatment can cause severe side-effects, including hearing loss.
Ukraine 2018 © Oksana Parafeniuk
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Access to health care remains limited for people living along the front line of the conflict in eastern Ukraine, which started back in 2015, damaging infrastructure, disrupting services, and causing financial distress.

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) operated mobile clinics in a total of 28 locations in or near the conflict zone, delivering much needed primary health care and psychological support to nearly 3,000 patients.

The majority of the patients treated by our mobile clinics were women over the age of 50 with chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, heart problems and diabetes, and mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. In addition to individual counseling, our teams organized training to help health care workers and service providers in the area cope with stress and burnout.

consultations in 2018
started on treatment for hepatitis C
started on treatment for DR-TB

Hepatitis C

We continued to run our hepatitis C project in Mykolaiv region, providing treatment with two direct-acting antivirals–daclatasvir and sofosbuvir–as well as free diagnostic tests, patient support, education, and counseling services.

Our hepatitis C patients are all co-infected with HIV and/or on opioid substitution therapy to overcome drug addiction. The first group, who began treatment in 2017, were found to have an impressive cure rate of over 95 percent.

Drug-resistant tuberculosis 


MSF projects in Ukraine

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In partnership with the Ministry of Health, we launched a drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) treatment project at the regional TB hospital in Zhytomyr in 2018. It is one of the first projects in the country to treat patients with the highly effective oral TB drugs bedaquiline and delamanid, and we continue to advocate increased access to these drugs countrywide. The project also provides outpatient care, as well as mental health care and social support services, which are often unavailable to TB patients in Ukraine.

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