As part of MSF’s adaptation of care for our drug-resistant tuberculosis patients due to the risks presented by the COVID-19 virus, in Belarus we have switched to smartphone-enabled technologies to maintain continuity of essential consultations and counselling. Our patient support team has also developed and shared mental health support materials for patients and healthcare workers alike, providing guidance on how to deal with stress in the times of pandemic.
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Belarus has a high rate of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB).
MSF is working with the Ministry of Health in Belarus to improve adherence to treatment for patients. We support the Ministry of Health in four TB facilities, providing psychosocial support to patients each month to help them stay on their treatment.