CONFLICT IN EASTERN UKRAINE: STRATEGY FOR TUBERCULOSIS.

CONFLICT IN EASTERN UKRAINE: STRATEGY FOR TUBERCULOSIS.

Georgian Med News. 2016 Sep;(258):76-80

Authors: Kuchuloria T, Akhvlediani T, Akhvlediani N

Abstract
This root cause analysis concerns the conflict in the Eastern Ukraine and its impact on healthcare delivery in the context of treating internally displaced persons (IDPs). Inadequate treatment of tuberculosis (TB) was selected as a major topic for intervention planning in conflict areas in Ukraine. With respect to treating TB among IDPs, rapid diagnosis and adequate nutrition and shelter are important components of care and disease control. The DOT, supported by trained primary healthcare providers equipped with rapid MDR TB diagnostic capacities, need to provide appropriate shelter and nutrition to IDPs. In addition to active disease management, this paper discusses the important role of ongoing project monitoring and communicating evaluation findings with all the major stakeholders shaping the national TB strategy in Ukraine. A comprehensive strategy is essential for successful transitioning and re-structuring of TB healthcare delivery both during after conflict resolution.

PMID: 27770535 [PubMed - in process]