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Médecins Sans Frontières first started work in the Russian Federation in 1992. In 2017, MSF wound down its projects, which focused on tuberculosis (TB), mental health assistance for victims of violence, and cardiac care

Our focus had been on multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) and extremely drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) in Chechnya, a war-torn region of the Caucuses.


Since 2004, MSF had been working closely with the Chechen Ministry of Health to implement a comprehensive TB treatment program. 

MSF teams provided appropriate medication to develop more effective regiments for XDR-TB patients, in the place of failed conventional treatments. Our program included laboratory support, health promotion, and psychosocial assistance for patients and their families.

TB treatments yield promising results in the Chechen Republic

The project ensured care for XDR-TB patients with diabetes co-morbidity - regularly monitoring their blood sugar, adjusting their treatment as required, and helping them manager their condition.During 2017, the team gradually handed over its TB activities to the ministry, admitting its last patient at the end of August.

The Ministry of Health has committed to ensuring continuity of care for patients still receiving treatment.

Cardiac Care

After seven years of activity, the cardiac care project in the emergency hospital in the capital, Grozny, was closed in December 2017. 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.

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