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Doubling down on TB in Ukraine

 
  Over the past years, Ukraine has been confronted with a growing epidemic of Drug-resistant TB. Plagued by a structural lack of funds in the healthcare sector, a recent economic crisis and the military conflict in the East, the country has been struggling to modernize its facilities in order to tackle these new challenges. Today, Ukraine is one of 27 high burden countries for MDR-TB. Photographer Christine McNab captured the efforts of the people on the frontline of the fight against TB.  
 
  Performers at an outdoor concert at a park in Kyiv, Ukraine. Over past years, Ukraine has been confronted with a growing epidemic of drug-resistant forms of TB. Today, it is one of 27 high burden countries for MDR-TB. The Ukrainian healthcare system is plagued by a structural lack of funds, with limited laboratory capacity and locally differing treatments depending on the means available to purchase drugs. In a system that largely stems from the Soviet era, people are often kept in the hospital for several months while receiving TB treatment and there is a lack of community-based patient support mechanisms. This situation was only made worse by the economic crisis and the military conflict in the East of the country, which set over a million people in motion looking for a safer home, but left largely without access to healthcare.