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.
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.