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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...
In times of war, many people flee their countreis for safety while others take cover in mountains... Only courageous and committed health workers remain to save the wounded and the sick especially in foreign land... This was the uphill task assigned to Zimbabwean born George Mapiye (41) in November 2013 by Doctors Without Borders (MSF)... Mapiye was to lead an MSF medical team...
‘Only this MSF medical facility is the solution…others are there but without medicine…’ Nyanog Adem is a 32-year-old mother of six. She comes from Ariath village, north of Aweil town in Northern Bahr el Ghazal State, South Sudan. She trekked 15 kilometres to the MSF health centre in Majangkar, Pamat. Her fourth son, Akwe Nyanog, had been ill for a week, but in the two days prior to his...
Juba - The ongoing conflict in South Sudan affecting directly the North and the East of the country has diverted the attention from ongoing regular healthcare concerns like malaria epidemic which is affecting the West of the country. There have been insufficient distributions of antimalarial drugs in many peripheral health centers and as a consequence, Doctors Without Borders (MSF), has...
Juba - The ongoing conflict in South Sudan affecting directly the North and the East of the country has diverted the attention from ongoing regular healthcare concerns like malaria epidemic which is affecting the West of the country. There have been insufficient distributions of antimalarial drugs in many peripheral health centers and as a consequence, Doctors Without Borders (MSF), has...
Escalating violence in South Sudan increased the need for emergency medical aid as the year progressed.  During clashes between the government and militia in Jonglei state in April, staff and patients at Pibor hospital were subjected to threats and intimidation and Doctors Without Borders (MSF) was forced to suspend activities. In May, the hospital was looted and severely damaged, and...
Tens of thousands of people have taken refuge in a camp near Bentiu, one of several “Protection of Civilian” camps managed by the UN's mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and set up spontaneously after violence swept across the country last December. Located in one of the world’s largest swamps, for much of August people were living knee-deep in floodwater contaminated with raw sewage. Many...
A significant decline in the number of new cholera cases in South Sudan in recent weeks has prompted MSF to scale down its cholera operations. Instead it will redirect resources towards other unmet health needs in the country, where more than 1.7 million people have been displaced by the ongoing conflict. Since the cholera outbreak was declared on 15 May, MSF teams have provided...
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