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Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders' (MSF) has partnered with the Republican Specialized Scientific Research Medical Centre Of Tuberculosis And Pulmonology (TBI) in Uzbekistan for the project – with sites in Karakalpakstan, western Uzbekistan, and in the capital, Tashkent.
MSF has worked in partnership with the Uzbekistan Ministry of Health for nearly two decades and currently supports the delivery of the innovative 'Comprehensive TB project for all' in Karakalpakstan.
In 2017, the project enrolled 1,646 patients for first-line TB treatment and 775 for DR-TB treatment. People are treated on an outpatient basis where possible, avoiding the additional stress of hospitalisation and enabling them to remain at home, close to their families and social support networks.
MSF opened its first project in Belarus in 2015, and has since worked with the Ministry of Health to focus on improving outcomes patients with DR-TB. With support from Belarus MoH, MSF has partnered with the Republican Scientific and Practical Centre for Pulmonology and Tuberculosis (RSPCPT) as a trial site in the city of Minsk.
MSF has also partnered with THINK (TB & HIV Investigative Network), a research organisation based in Durban, South Africa, that specialises in TB clinical trials. The TB-PRACTECAL trial will take place in Doris Goodwin and Don McKenzie hospitals in the KwaZulu-Natal province.