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Healthcare exclusion | Armed conflict

As the conflict in eastern Ukraine continued into its second year, political attempts to find a solution made little progress, and those living along the frontline bore the brunt of the violence.

Throughout 2016, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) continued to run mobile clinics along the frontline and increased psychological and medical support to people living in the areas controlled by the Ukrainian government, including those who had been displaced.

MSF psychologists worked in 26 locations in the southern part of the conflict zone, providing a total of 3,052 consultations for patients with acute or chronic stress.

Many had lost relatives or friends in the conflict or had fled because their homes had been damaged or destroyed.

MSF also held group sessions to bring elderly people together, including those who had been displaced.

MSF ensured treatment for people suffering from chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension, as the conflict had interrupted their access to drugs and care. In 2016, MSF conducted a total of 27,835 outpatient consultations.  

Handover of activities in Bakhmut

MSF teams worked in 40 locations in and around Bakhmut and assisted more than 40,000 residents and 10,000 displaced people. In July, when they saw that the capacity of the local health system had improved and people were receiving the necessary care, they withdrew from the area.

In other areas, MSF donated medical supplies to health facilities and handed over its activities, equipment, and supplies to other organisations.

Drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB)

MSF continued to support and treat prisoners with DR-TB in pre-detention centres in Mariupol and Bakhmut and in the penal colony in Dnipro.

In addition to medical care, MSF provides psychosocial assistance to support patients through the difficult treatment regimen.

No. staff in 2016: 154 | Expenditure: €5.2 million | Year MSF first worked in the country: 1999 | msf.org/ukraine  | @MSF_Ukraine