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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...
On the bright morning of November 3, 2014, a 29-year-old mother of three named Adem arrived at the Yambio State Hospital’s maternity ward with advanced labor pains. While taking her medical and obstetric history, the medical team discovered that she had undergone a Caesarean section exactly one year earlier. Unfortunately, due to her late arrival and delivery complications, she had lost the...
The conflict that erupted in South Sudan little more than a year ago has left people more vulnerable to a deadly tropical disease known as kala azar (visceral leishmaniasis). The risk of infection increases as people are displaced by fighting into areas where the disease is prevalent and malnutrition lowers their ability to fight the infection. With many health facilities not functioning in...
For Evaristo Dira, working with MSF was his way to give thanks to one of the organisations that helped him when he was a refugee in Malawi 26 years ago. His moment finally arrived in June 2013, when he left his home country of Mozambique to work as an MSF fieldworker in Juba, South Sudan. “I have admired humanitarian workers since living in a refugee camp when I was nine. That’s when I...
MSF provides medical assistance to South Sudanese in White Nile State, Sudan Since February this year, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has been providing medical assistance to over 30,000 South Sudanese who fled their homes to White Nile State in Sudan. Most of those arriving are from Upper Nile State, which borders Sudan to the south-east.  Since the conflict started in South Sudan...
Swapping the relative comfort of working as a midwife in a private hospital in Klerksdorp, North West, for six months in South Sudan’s remote Maban refugee camp wasn’t a tough decision for compassionate and adventure seeking 26-year-old Carli Britz, an MSF field worker. “I was working in the Inpatient and maternity departments where I guided, supervised and mentored staff. In most instances...
Softly-spoken Vanessa Naidoo took a break after studying medicine, concerned that she might be too introverted when having to ask patients about their personal issues... But she didn't take long to overcome that hurdle... Soon after her gap year between studying at Cape Town University and working as an intern at hospitals in Pietermaritzburg, she found herself thriving in war zones and other...
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