In Russia, MSF provides drugs and technical advice to support the treatment of patients with the most severe forms of TB. In 2020, we launched several new activities.
Our work in the Russian Federation
In Russia, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) works with the health authorities in Arkhangelsk and Vladimir regions to reduce the burden of drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) and improve treatment for the disease.
What's happening in the Russian Federation?
Since the war in Ukraine began, approximately 1.5 million people have fled the country, of whom more than 53,000 have sought safety in Russia. We have set up teams in Russia to explore the humanitarian and medical needs of refugees and displaced people.
How we're helping in the Russian Federation
After several years designing our operational research study on the new treatment regimens for DR-TB, we started to enroll our first patients in 2021. The aim of the collaborative study is to prove the effectiveness of novel, all-oral, short-course regimens for patients with DR-TB and provide evidence for future developments in TB policy in Russia. In 2021, more than 60 people were enrolled into the study in Arkhangelsk and Vladimir regions. By the end of the year, the first patients had completed their treatment and started the follow-up stage.
In Moscow and St Petersburg, MSF continued a partnership with two community-based NGOs providing prevention and treatment of HIV and hepatitis C for groups at risk. The current project has been running since 2020, when it started to support people with COVID-19, and has been expanded to include care for other infectious diseases.
In 2021, in collaboration with MSF, one of our partner organizations set up a fixed medical unit in St Petersburg, providing medical consultations to people from vulnerable groups. We also ran training sessions on mental health and burnout prevention for the medical and patient support team.
How you can help
Not everyone can treat patients in the field. But everyone can do something.
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