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Why are we there?

  • Armed conflict
  • Healthcare exclusion

Our Work 


  • Médecins Sans Frontières continues to address gaps in cardiac care, tuberculosis (TB) and mental healthcare in Chechnya.
  • In Grozny, Médecins Sans Frontières continued to improve patient services at the cardio-resuscitation unit of the Republican Emergency Hospital, donating medicines and medical equipment and training staff on coronarography (an imaging technique to visualise the inside of coronary arteries) and angioplasty (an endovascular procedure to widen narrowed or obstructed coronary arteries).
  • Training for ambulance staff who administer first aid was also initiated.
  • Drug-resistant TB is a life-threatening issue in Chechnya, resulting from years of poor TB diagnosis and interrupted treatment. A comprehensive programme, including diagnosis, treatment and counselling for TB and multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB), is integrated in health ministry facilities.
  • Médecins Sans Frontières procured appropriate medicines to provide treatment for people with extensively drug-resistant TB (XDR-TB). The TB programme also includes laboratory support, health promotion and psychosocial assistance for patients and their families.
  • Médecins Sans Frontières runs a mental healthcare programme in Grozny and the mountainous districts of Chechnya still affected by violent clashes.
  • In August, a Médecins Sans Frontières project started in Moscow and provided over 700 outpatient consultations to migrants from former Soviet Union countries with limited or no other access to healthcare services. A limited number of referrals were also arranged for specialist care in state medical facilities. 


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Médecins Sans Frontières has been working in the Russian Federation since 1988, and in the north Caucasus since 1995 and at the end of 2014, Médecins Sans Frontières had 132 staff in the region.