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World TB Day: A not uncommon story from Chechnya

The patients in this slideshow are all being treated for TB in Grozny. One of them, a mother of two, shares her story. Her experiences are not uncommon for people living with TB in Chechnya. Médecins Sans Frontières has been implementing TB treatment and support program since 2004.

The Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Tuberculosis (TB) program in Chechnya has treated over 3500 patients since its inception in 2004. The program covers the entire republic, providing support to the Ministry of Health staff in five district TB dispensaries: Gudermes, Nadterechny, Shali, Shelkovskoy and Grozny.

MSF teams train health care workers on standard protocols of tuberculosis diagnosis and treatment monitoring, as well as registration and reporting in TB facilities.

MSF has provided quality drugs for treatment, laboratory consumables, and food for patients and staff. They have also implemented infection control measures and health care waste management and ensured minimum water and sanitation standards in the health facilities. They provide patient support by monitoring the patients’ adherence to the TB treatment.

MSF has worked in Chechnya since 1994. Current activities in the republic include the TB program, primary healthcare, and psychosocial assistance focused on chronic trauma.

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