MSF, Doctors without Borders, Sudan


Fighting has displaced tens of thousands of people in Sudan, where we respond by providing medical care for malnutrition, diarrhoeal diseases and malaria.

At a project in Sortoni, we provide treatment via outpatient and inpatient consultations. The project also provides nutritional services and vaccinations. At Dar Zaghawa, four of our health centres offer medical care, with a particular focus on mothers and children.

We also treat visceral leishmaniasis (also known as kala azar) in Al-Gedaref State, eastern Sudan. This parasitic disease, which is transmitted by sandflies, has a 95 per cent mortality rate if it is not treated.

Our teams are currently responding to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic in Sudan.

Our activities in Sudan in 2021

Data and information from the International Activity Report 2021.

MSF IN SUDAN IN 2021 Sudan’s military takeover at the end of October 2021 prompted massive demonstrations across the country. In response to the violent crackdowns that ensued, we launched multiple mass-casualty plans to support hospitals.
MSF, Doctors without borders, Sudan Map

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) teams in the capital, Khartoum, and Omdurman worked in emergency rooms, trained staff in mass-casualty planning and donated medical supplies. When COVID-19 cases rose during the year, we supported isolation units and ambulance referrals. We also ran health promotion activities in communities south of Khartoum and offered psychosocial support to health workers.

In early 2021, we started a project in Mygoma orphanage, in Khartoum, supporting medical care and referrals for infants and young children and improving hygiene measures. Meanwhile, we continued to run our Omdurman project, providing basic healthcare and emergency services for refugees, displaced people and host communities.  

Since November 2020, we have been working in Al-Gedaref and Kassala states, assisting both Ethiopian refugees and local communities with basic and maternal healthcare, vaccinations, malnutrition screening, water and sanitation, and treatment for neglected tropical diseases in health centres and in the camps.

In Darfur, a remote region that has suffered over a decade of conflict, security remains fragile, with recurrent violent clashes followed by waves of displacement. Our teams were present in four states, providing medical care through hospitals and both mobile and fixed clinics, and running mass vaccination campaigns. Services included basic and emergency healthcare, sexual and reproductive healthcare, as well as health promotion and laboratory support. We also worked to improve access to safe drinking water and upgraded sanitation by constructing and rehabilitating latrines.  

In June, we started running a nutrition ward for children with moderate to severe malnutrition in Ad-Damazine teaching hospital in the Blue Nile region. Our teams also supported the hospital with health promotion, infection prevention and control and staff training.  

In December, we handed over our White Nile project to the Ministry of Health. For seven years, we had offered medical assistance to both refugees and local communities.

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