Tuesday 21 January 2020
08 January 2020
Wheelchairs In Siberia: Disabled Activists Fight For Better Access
Navigating a Russian city in a wheelchair is incredibly difficult -- and the challenge is even greater in the middle of winter. One disability activist in the Siberian city of Tomsk says government projects intended to improve accessibility have largely failed to deliver on their promises.
07 January 2020
'If You Are Watching This...I'm Dead': Russian Doctor Documents Cancer Battle
Surgeon Andrei Pavlenko treated cancer patients in St. Petersburg, but his work took on a new dimension when he became a patient himself. In a widely viewed video diary, Pavlenko shared his experiences of going through treatment and encouraged others not to lose hope.
04 December 2019
Imported Medicine For Russia's Epileptics Still A Banned Narcotic
04 December 2019
Parents Of Russia's Epileptics Still Risk Prosecution For Frisium Purchase
This June, police detained Yelena Bogolyubova for seven hours after she picked up a package of medicine for her terminally ill 10-year-old son. Russia had banned the medication, the anti-epileptic drug Frisium, as a narcotic. Amidst an uproar, the government promised changes, but the problem still remains: Russian epileptics cannot always get the medicine they need.
27 November 2019
Russian Doctors At Center Of Children’s Transplant Controversy Ordered Reinstated
Russian Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova has ordered the reinstatement of two pediatric surgeons whose dismissals had led to public outrage and left dozens of ailing children awaiting desperately needed kidney-transplant treatment.
18 October 2019
Russian Police Detain Doctors' Union Head Outside Barricaded Clinic
Police detained the head of one of Russia's doctors' unions as she came to help colleagues barricaded inside a rural tuberculosis clinic set for closure. The protest is part of a wider battle to save dwindling rural health care services in Russia.
04 June 2019
'A Person, Not An Invalid': Smolensk DJ Defies His Diagnosis
After being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, Stas Borodin, 33, lost a good job in Moscow, his wife left him, and he was forced to return to his native Smolensk. He didn't give up, but instead started a new life and became a well-known DJ in the city.
18 April 2019
Parents Despair As Kids Hit By Gene Disorder
A rare genetic disorder called CLN2 causes children to lose the ability to walk, see, and speak, with most not living beyond their teens. Five-year-old Nastya, from Kamenka in Russia, is one of an estimated 1,500 worldwide suffering from it.
29 January 2019
A Nurse In Rural Russia Walks To Work -- 12 Kilometers Each Way
Nurse Sagilya Nigmatullina walks 48 kilometers a week so that she can tend to patients in the remote village of Pervomayka, in the Russian region of Chelyabinsk. She earns just $150 a month but says the walk is good for her and that she's never thought of quitting.
25 January 2019
A 'School For Superheroes' For Sick Children In Ukraine
Ukraine says it will ensure children in major regional hospitals receive an education from September 2019. Some 2,000 children are currently educated in hospitals, but one group, which runs a "School For Superheroes" in a Kyiv hospital, says 10,000 hospitalized children need schooling.