Latest info - January 2018: Caring for villagers trapped near frontlines in Opytne


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

Throughout 2016, 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 suffering from 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 continuity of care for people suffering from chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension, as the conflict had interrupted their access to drugs and medical services. In 2016, MSF conducted a total of 38,292 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.

Read about MSF’s activities in other countries in 2016

Year MSF first worked in the country: 1999.

2016 Key figures
Individual  mental health consultations 3,100
Patients under treatment for MDR-TB 180
No. staff in 2016 154
2016 Expenditure €5.2 million