"Doctors without borders" cease to treat tuberculosis in Kemerovo due to the Ministry of health of Russia

No longer to treat tuberculosis in the Kemerovo region decided by the international humanitarian organization Doctors without borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres - MSF) . As stated in a press release, "Doctors without borders" received 30 September to the editor of the information Agency "Interfax", the decision was made because the health Ministry has rejected two draft treatment of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, developed by the organization "Doctors without borders". As noted in the organization, and the first and the second project were developed based on the who recommendations for treatment of tuberculosis. However, despite the fact that it had obtained the written approval of the Central scientific research Institute of tuberculosis (CIIT), the Ministry of health has considered the proposal MSF irrelevant to the applicable regulations. In connection with the position of the Ministry of health MSF finds it impossible to provide adequate treatment of TB according to who recommendations. This decision, as noted in MSF, "sadly for us, given the implications for patients, for our staff and for our Russian colleagues, which we leave in the fight against this deadly disease." In addition to providing anti-TB drugs, Doctors without borders helped to supply patients with food, in the renovation of health facilities, supplied consumables lab, and a fully renovated and equipped the laboratory colony for TB patients N 33, Mariinsk, which is the lead laboratory for the entire prison system of the region. As of June 2003, more than 10,000 TB patients in the Kemerovo region received with the participation of the organization of the treatment according to the strategy recommended by the who, said in a press release, "Doctors without borders"..

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