Ukraine - First train referral
As the war in Ukraine escalates, our teams are responding to a deepening humanitarian crisis.

We are stepping up our response, providing medical care to people who have been caught up in, or have been forced to flee, the fighting. Our teams are donating emergency supplies to hospitals and providing vital training to their staff.  

There is full-scale warfare in many areas, making movements difficult, dangerous or simply impossible.

We are scaling up our medical and humanitarian response in various parts of the country, based on where our assistance is needed and will have a significant impact.

Our activities in Ukraine in 2020

Data and information from the International Activity Report 2020.

MSF in Ukraine in 2020 We run a range of activities in Ukraine, including tuberculosis (TB) and HIV programmes. In 2020, we started new projects in Donetsk and Luhansk, while also supporting the national COVID-19 response.
Ukraine Activities 2020

MSF is collaborating with the Ministry of Health to improve basic healthcare in Donetsk region’s remote, conflict-affected communities. Our teams have switched from running mobile clinics to working in general healthcare facilities, providing technical and practical assistance to staff. We are also strengthening community healthcare through the involvement of local volunteers.

In Luhansk region, we started supporting the regional HIV programme to improve diagnosis and treatment for patients with advanced HIV disease, focusing on putting patients at the centre of care provided in health facilities and in the community.

In Mykolaiv, we treated hepatitis C patients living with HIV, using a new direct-acting antiviral regimen. We handed this project over to the Mykolaiv Regional Centre of Palliative Care and Integrated Services in May.

In partnership with the regional TB dispensary in Zhytomyr, MSF is running an innovative treatment regimen for patients with drug-resistant TB (DR-TB). The treatment plan is shorter, lasting between nine and 12 months, and uses highly effective oral drugs that cause fewer side effects than the older injectable ones. The operational research study that started in 2019 is examining the effectiveness of this model of care, which also includes outpatient consultations, psychological counselling and social support.  

MSF teams also supported the COVID-19 response in Kyiv, Donetsk and Zhytomyr. Our teams trained health ministry staff in infection prevention and control, and offered psychological support to patients and healthcare workers. In Marinka district, Donetsk region, our mobile teams provided home-based care and transported COVID-19 samples for testing. In Zhytomyr, we ensured TB patients received their medicines and psychosocial support throughout the lockdown.

Following widespread fires in Luhansk in October, our teams donated hygiene kits for distribution in Syrotyne village, near Sievierodonetsk city.

 

in 2020
 
MSF Mobile Clinics in Kharkiv Metro
War in Ukraine

Witnessing despair and resilience among people sheltering in Kharkiv’s metro

Voices from the Field 15 Apr 2022
 
Third medical referral train
War in Ukraine

Finding our most useful role in our response in and around Ukraine

Project Update 11 Apr 2022
 
Eastern Ukraine Mobile Clinics - Vodiane Village
War in Ukraine

Area around hospitals, houses, bombed in Mykolaiv

Press Release 5 Apr 2022
 
Ukraine - First train referral
War in Ukraine

“You have a medical train? I have patients for you.”

Voices from the Field 3 Apr 2022
 
Mariupol, Ukraine AP 13 March
War in Ukraine

Bombs over Mariupol: Each day is like losing your whole life

Voices from the Field 24 Mar 2022
 
MSF surgeon in Okhmatdyt hospital, Kyiv
War in Ukraine

Staff in major Kyiv hospital receive training for potential increase in casualties

Project Update 18 Mar 2022