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Galvanised by the images of the injured in the 2011 Libyan uprising, Dr Vanessa Naidoo decided to put her passion for people and medicine to good use; she volunteered with international medical and humanitarian aid organisation, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)... Currently, she is in South Sudan, as the organisation responds to a cholera outbreak in the area... "My passions are medicine and people...
Twenty years later, we can count Mandela’s enduring legacies in the public health-care system, writes Doctors Without Borders (MSF) doctor, Vanessa Naidoo... In this article she recounts how the late former South African President, Nelson Mandela inspired her work in healthcare. Read article HERE
Alarming malnutrition rates are being recorded in parts of South Sudan. In Leer, a town nestled in the swampy marshlands that surround the White Nile river, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is seeing this problem first hand. “Before the conflict, we used to have around 200 children admitted into the ambulatory therapeutic feeding centre (ATFC) at any one time,” says Grace Ayuelu medical team...
Interview with MSF Project Coordinator, Sarah Maynard, Leer Hospital, Unity State, South Sudan. For just over 25 years, MSF’s Leer hospital has provided a wide range of medical care for the 270,000 people across southern Unity state. In late January, it was looted and burned to the ground. Sarah Maynard, from Southampton, UK, was the hospital’s coordinator at the time of the destruction...
Children in parts of South Sudan are suffering from shocking rates of malnutrition, the international medical humanitarian organisation Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said today. More than 13,270 children, most under the age of five, have been admitted to MSF feeding programmes in South Sudan so far this year, amounting to 73 percent of the 18,125 admissions during the whole of 2013. ...
South Sudanese refugees continue to arrive in Gambella, Ethiopia, fleeing their homes because of the violence, and walking for days seeking safe shelter and food. By the end of June between 600-800 refugees were arriving at Burubiey transit camp each day, an increase from the 100-300 daily arrivals in previous weeks. Currently over 140,000 South Sudanese refugees are in Gambella since the...
JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN: Violence in hospitals and the destruction of medical facilities are denying medical services to many of South Sudan's most vulnerable people, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said today in a report, South Sudan Conflict: Violence Against Healthcare. Since armed conflict erupted in South Sudan in December, at least 58 people have been killed on hospital grounds, and...
Juba, South Sudan — Preventable diseases and severe acute malnutrition  are causing an alarming number of deaths among the estimated 45,000 people taking refuge at a UN base in Bentiu, South Sudan, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) warned today, calling for a rapid increase in water supplies, hygiene promotion and latrine construction. The number of people seeking protection at...
by Thok Johnson When I was nine-years-old, my family was forced to escape Sudan. That was in 1986. I still remember the fear that was around at the time. We heard that more and more people in the South were being persecuted and abused, even small children. So almost everybody in our village packed up their belongings and fled to Ethiopia. Many did not make it, they died of hunger or thirst along...
Visit MSF projects around the world and see what we do. This month we look to Guinea, Central African Republic, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Cambodia as well as looking back on the Rwandan genocide.
Amidst Bombing of South Kordofan Village, MSF Facility Attacked Johannesburg – During an aerial attack on a Sudanese village, Sudan’s air force bombed and partially destroyed a hospital run by the international medical humanitarian organisation Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in the war-torn South Kordofan region Monday, depriving civilians of critical medical care, the...
(Suzan Kiiko/MSF) Since the South Sudanese Ministry of Health declared a cholera outbreak in Juba, the country’s capital, on 15 May 2014, more than 1,306  patients have been treated for the disease, and 29 people have died (none in MSF facilities). This week, Mary Keji rushed to MSF’s Cholera Treatment Centre (CTC) with her two children, Matthew, 4 years old, and Ludia, 2.5 years old...
A cholera outbreak in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, continues to spread pushing an already precarious healthcare situation among displaced people to the limits. The latest official statistics report 1,545 cholera cases, with 37 deaths so far. The majority of cases continue to be treated in the main Ministry of Health hospital in the city, Juba Teaching Hospital, where MSF has sent four staff to...
Juba - More than 315 cholera cases have been recorded in South Sudan since the Ministry of Health (MoH) officially declared an outbreak in the capital, Juba, on 15 May 2014. In other locations around the country there have been suspected cases that are awaiting laboratory confirmation. Medical humanitarian aid organisation, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) immediately...
Juba/Johannesburg - Doctors Without Borders (MSF) condemns the unspeakable acts of violence in Bentiu, South Sudan, after it received information detailing targeted killings in the city’s main hospital. Information provided to MSF describe gruesome targeted killings, some of which occurred in Bentiu State Hospital during and following a battle in the town on April 15, and...
Juba/Johannesburg - Doctors Without Borders (MSF) condemns the unspeakable acts of violence in Bentiu, South Sudan, after it received information detailing targeted killings in the city’s main hospital. Information provided to MSF describe gruesome targeted killings, some of which occurred in Bentiu State Hospital during and following a battle in the town on April 15, and...
Addis Ababa/Johannesburg - Tens of thousands of refugees who have fled violence and deprivation in South Sudan and sought refuge in camps in Ethiopia’s Gambella region are faced with a lack of water, food, and sanitation and are suffering from a range of emergency medical conditions, including highly infectious measles, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders (...
Lives at risk if action not immediately taken In a shocking display of indifference, senior United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) officials have refused to improve living conditions for 21,000 displaced people living in a flood-prone part of a UN compound, exposed to waterborne diseases and potential epidemics. Despite repeated requests from humanitarian...
For several weeks MSF teams have been providing assistance to South Sudanese refugees arriving in Ethiopia fleeing violence and persecution in their country. Since mid December, it is estimated that more than 75,000 refugees have arrived in Gambella region following intense fighting in Upper Nile, Jonglei and Unity states in South Sudan. The refugees, coming from many...
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