Sudan was once the largest and most geographically diverse state in Africa, and was also home to one of the continent’s longest-running civil wars.
MSF in Sudan 2014
Following a 2005 peace deal, southern Sudan broke away forming the world’s newest country, briefly ending hostilities.
However, various outstanding secession issues – especially the question of shared oil revenues and the exact border demarcation – have continued to create tensions between the two successor states.
Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has been working in Sudan since 1979, providing care for people caught up in conflict, treating neglected tropical diseases and filling general healthcare gaps.
MSF’s work in Sudan: 2014
Conflict continues to inflict a heavy toll on the health of people in Sudan’s Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile states.
MSF aims to respond to emergency health needs in the country, but in 2014 various restrictions hindered its access to conflict-affected areas.
An MSF-operated hospital in South Kordofan was bombed in January. Thousands of people are cut off from humanitarian assistance and are in dire need of medical care.
Amid restrictions and ongoing fighting, we responded to emergency health needs in Darfur, South Kordofan state – where one of our hospitals was bombed—and Blue Nile State.
Tawila, North Darfur
In Tawila, North Darfur, an MSF project offering outpatient and inpatient care, focusing on mothers and children, carried out more than 34,900 outpatient consultations and 5,400 antenatal consultations, while treating 1,300 children for malnutrition.
Another MSF team worked in four health centres in Dar Zaghawa, conducting more than 46,800 consultations and offering postnatal care at three health posts.
El Sireaf, North Darfur
Our team in El Sireaf aided the displaced, providing water and sanitation and medical care, including surgery; conducting some 17,700 outpatient consultations; and treating 1,100 for malaria.
Others joined the North Darfur Ministry of Health on the North Darfur Emergency Response programme to respond to hepatitis E in Um Kadada, screen for malnutrition in Shangil Tobaya, and distribute relief items in Tawisha, Usban, and El Fasherg.
Following an influx of new arrivals at El Sereif displacement camp in Nyala, South Darfur, we improved the water supply and treated residents for complaints caused by poor living conditions.
And in West Darfur, teams supported four health centers in Kerenek and provided Ebola training to local health workers.
White Nile state
MSF’s health clinic in White Nile state conducted around 4,300 monthly consultations for South Sudanese refugees.
Staff also offered kala azar training in Sennar state and treated 400 kala azar patients in Tabarak Allah Hospital, Al Gedaref state. Teams also supported TB diagnosis and treatment in the Jebel Awila slum on Khartoum’s outskirts.
Find out more in our 2014 International Activity Report.
At the end of 2014, MSF had 589 staff in Sudan. MSF has been working in the country since 1979.