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The international medical organization Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has completed a targeted cholera vaccination campaign reaching over 160,000 people in Juba. The vaccination campaign, undertaken in coordination with the South Sudanese Ministry of Health, provides additional protection against cholera to people living in areas most-affected by the current outbreak, helping to reduce...
  Download the full update here   The Central African Republic faces a situation of chronic and prolonged health emergency.  The political crisis and violence that shook the country since 2013 have exacerbated the shortage of health services as a whole and 72  percent  of health  facilities  have...
Two aid workers from the international humanitarian medical organisation Doctors Without Borders (MSF) have been killed in South Sudan.   Last week, Gawar Top Puoy, a logistician who had worked for MSF since 2009, was killed during an attack on the village of Wulu.  James Gatluak Gatpieny, a community health worker who had worked for MSF since 2011, was killed during a separate attack...
MSF medical teams are witnessing dramatic increases in patients seeking treatment for common diseases caused by lack of shelter and sanitation in the United Nations Protection of Civilians (PoC) camp in Malakal, South Sudan, following an influx of more than 19,000 displaced persons in July. The total population seeking protection in the camp now exceeds 48,000 residents, stretching...
Large spikes in malaria across South Sudan are raising the possibility of a second consecutive season marked by exceptionally high numbers of malaria cases and preventable deaths unless urgent action is taken to reinforce access to treatment in the most high-risk areas. MSF treated over 170,000 patients for malaria in South Sudan last year, when the number of patients who sought treatment at...
    by Dr Ruby Siddiqui, MSF epidemiologist “The current situation is precarious, with new arrivals coming every day to the UN Protection of Civilians camp in Bentiu in search of shelter and protection. The upsurge of fighting in Unity state since April has forced many from their homes and an estimated 110,000 displaced people are now living...
As fighting intensifies in South Sudan’s Upper Nile state, and people’s humanitarian needs grow, aid organisations are finding it increasingly difficult to access the most severely affected areas, according to international medical Doctors Without Borders (MSF). MSF calls on all parties to the conflict to allow unrestricted access to Malakal and surrounding areas, so that aid agencies can...
​Juba, South Sudan – In collaboration with local health authorities, the medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has opened a Cholera Treatment Centre in Juba in response to an outbreak of cholera declared by the Ministry of Health on June 23.   The 800 square meter facility is located in the neighborhood of Munuki, Block A, and is designed to be expandable up to...
Paul Jawor, MSF’s water and sanitation technical adviser shares his findings in South Sudan. In your role as technical adviser on water and sanitation issues, you go to Doctors Without Borders (MSF) projects and solve water-related problems. When you were in Melut in South Sudan’s Upper Nile state what problems did you encounter? Melut is one of the flashpoints in the current...
The international medical organisation Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has resumed activities in Melut, Upper Nile state, 16 days after renewed fighting in mid-May forced the organisation to suspend medical activities and evacuate staff. The ongoing conflict and recurrent periods of shelling in Malakal and Melut are still making it difficult both for MSF teams to access the...
The violence of South Sudan's ongoing conflict has displaced about two million people since 2013. In the last few weeks civilians have been exposed to increased  levels of violence and fresh waves of displaced people are on the move. Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is on the ground, providing essential medical care to people in six South Sudanese states. MSF's Dr Niamh Allen...
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MSF calls on warring parties to respect medical facilities in South Sudan as the humanitarian organization is forced to evacuate staff again Juba, South Sudan – Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is gravely concerned about an imminent attack on the town of Leer in South Sudan, and the potential impact on civilians and medical facilities. The international medical humanitarian organisation has...
People were carrying guns near our camp. We feared for our lives. Everybody in the camp started to flee… We had to move. Since the beginning of April , Simon Akoch, his wife and their six children have been sleeping under a tree in Noon, 25 minutes away from the Nile river by foot. They spend the night on floor mats, one of the few belongings they managed to save while fleeing Melut, the...
Continuing clashes in Upper Nile state are leading to more deaths and displacements of people, some of whom are already displaced and living in dire conditions, the international medical humanitarian organisation Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said today. In Malakal, over 6,600 people have fled their homes to seek shelter at the UN protection of civilians (PoC) base, while in Melut, a...
A year after the mass killings of civilians in the oil town of Bentiu in South Sudan, including people sheltering in the hospital where MSF was running an HIV/TB project, the violence and displacement have continued and access to basic healthcare and food remains a problem for people living in rural areas outside the town. Following the fighting, MSF treated over 230 people...
The conflict in South Sudan has taken a heavy toll on civilians since it began 15 months ago. In Leer, Unity state, the situation is relatively calm at present, but caches of unexploded ordnance left behind by armed groups are still claiming innocent victims. Fourteen-year-old Kume was visiting relatives when an ammunition container exploded without warning. Kume Saadi Kuony was on a visit...
A spike in measles cases affecting young patients in Yida refugee camp, South Sudan, has prompted Doctors without Borders (MSF) teams to expand its operations. In response to the latest crisis, MSF teams have admitted 93 patients with measles and launched a mass vaccination campaign in collaboration with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and the United Nations High Commission for...
Thousands of people fleeing violence in the contested border area between Sudan and South Sudan are in desperate need of food, water and medical care.  MSF has launched an emergency intervention to assist them as they arrive, mostly empty-handed, in Northern Bahr el Ghazal state in South Sudan, where the humanitarian situation is already dire. According to local authorities, 1,542...
  A little more than a year after the current conflict started in South Sudan, the humanitarian situation remains dire. Nurse Siobhan O’Malley has provided healthcare in both Malakal and Bentiu, key towns hardest hit by the fighting. Here she reflects on working on the frontline, providing neutral and impartial medical care to those most in need. “When I arrived...
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