Trying to Regain Some Sense of Normalcy in Ukraine

Valérie Batselaere/MSF
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One year after fighting broke out in eastern Ukraine, people living in the heavily affected Lugansk region are trying to get back a sense of normalcy. Schools have reopened and residents came out in the first days of spring to sweep the debris of war off the streets. However, with the health care system under intense strain, and medical supply lines cut or severely disrupted since last summer, people continue to struggle to access basic health care and medicines. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) runs mobile clinics in 32 locations in Lugansk region to provide care to residents and to displaced people. Teams carry out an average of 2,275 consultations per week. 

Buildings adjacent to the local polyclinic health centre in the town of Zorinsk have been destroyed by shelling during the recent conflict.
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The Zorinsk polyclinic health centre where MSF holds a mobile clinic. The health centre and parts of the town were damaged by shelling during the recent conflict. Medicines are unavaiilable and many of the local medical staff have fled.
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Patients , including Olga Malishenko, 23, with her son Vladislav, 2yrs 7 months (r) ,at the MSF mobile clinic in Bolshaya Vergunka, Lugansk, line up to receive their prescribed medicines.
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Ihor Roznatovskyi fullfils medical prescriptions for patients at an MSF mobile clinic in the town of Sukodolsk near to Lugansk.
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Dr Moshin Mehraj checks the blood pressure of an elderly patient at the MSF mobile clinic in the village of Gorodishe, near Lugansk.
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Dr Moshin Mehraj checks the pulse of an elderly patient at the MSF mobile clinic in the village of Gorodishe, near Lugansk.
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Paediatrician Dr Galina Piskunova examines 8-year-old Amina at the MSF mobile clinic set up 16 April 2015 in the town of Zorinsk near Lugansk.
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Olga Malishenko, 23, and her son Vladislav, 2yrs 7 months, consult with Dr Marina Shcherbakova at the Bolshaya Vergunka polyclinic, Lugansk, where MSF are holding a mobile clinic for local residents.
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Jana, 23, and Tatiana, consults leave the MSF mobile clinic having seen a doctor in the village of Gorodishe near Lugansk.
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Victoria Mochalova Alexandrovna, the director of Lugansk Orphanage No.1 is hugged by children.
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