Why were we There?
- Healthcare exclusion
- Transnistria, a politically isolated region in Moldova, has received little aid in the past despite the enormous assistance Moldova receives from international institutions to tackle the country’s HIV/AIDS epidemic.
- Médecins Sans Frontières is assisting people living with HIV in this region where prevalence is four times higher than it is in the rest of the country. Before this intervention there was no treatment available.
- In early 2007, Médecins Sans Frontières, together with the Ministry of Health and local authorities, set up the first HIV/AIDS programme in the region. Patients started receiving antiretroviral therapy (ARV) at the new department in the main hospital in the capital, Tiraspol.
- Activities were extended to weekly visits to Bender Hospital to treat patients co-infected with TB, to Slobozia at the region’s only facility for HIV patients, and to Ribnitza in the north of the country to give weekly consultations in the city’s clinic.
- Médecins Sans Frontières began providing treatment within the prisons, where the prevalence of HIV is as much as 13 times higher than it is among the general population. The prevalence of HIV/TB co-infection is also much higher.
- The programme has now expanded to cover the entire prison system.
- In February 2009, Médecins Sans Frontières handed over all activities to the national authorities.
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Médecins Sans Frontières worked in Moldova from 2007 to 2009.