Andrey Rylkov Foundation
for Health and Social Justice

TB in Russia

According to the data of WHO, in 2009, Russia ranked 11 among the 22 countries with the highest TB prevalence rates, whereas in Europe the Russian “contribution” to the total number of newly diagnosed patients with TB was 36%. Over the last years, Russia has become one of the three world leaders in terms of incidence of MDR TB. The mortality rates among patients with MDR TB is continuing to rise, reaching the level of 3.2 per 100 000 in 2009. Most TB patients in Russia belong to socially vulnerable groups: the homeless, the unemployed, migrants, persons suffering from alcohol dependence. In 2010, the number of newly diagnosed patients with TB was 91,687 people; 161,576 cases of TB treatment were registered (133,793 in the public healthcare sector and 27,783 in Russian penal institutions). An adequate response to the epidemic of tuberculosis in Russia requires multilateral co-ordinated action from the government, medical professionals and the general public, including media representatives, NGOs and business.

January 24th, 2011

January 31, 2010 at 11.00 a press conference “Ineffective Drug Policy promotes the spread of tuberculosis in Russia” will be held in the House of Journalists. This press conference is devoted to highlighting obstacles to effective tuberculosis treatment in our country. We will bring to your attention results of studies in seventeen cities in Russia […]