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Médecins Sans Frontières in Sudan: November 2010

© Kate Geraghty / The Sydney Morning Herald

“I was only six months pregnant. I could feel myself go into labour, I had really bad back and abdominal pain. I was worried, so I walked to the  hospital. My baby, Litjong, was born after a quick labour. He only weighed 650 grams. I was sad; but whether he was going to survive or not was not a question for me to answer. It was always going to be in the hands of someone else.”

Aluel, a patient at the Médecins Sans Frontières hospital in Agok, and mother of eight children, including Litjong who survived despite being born three months premature. Read more.

Sudan: “Whatever the outcome of the referendum, access to care remains an absolute priority in Abyei”

While the whole world is interested in South Sudan’s political situation ahead of the referendum on self-determination, the region is in the midst of a humanitarian and medical crisis. More than 75% of the population does not have access to basic health care. Upon his return from Abyei and Agok, Laurent Ligozat, deputy director of operations, offers his thoughts. more.

SUDAN: Referendum of Hope

The Sydney Morning Herald has created a multimedia feature on the upcoming referendum in Sudan, and highlights some of our medical humanitarian work in the country. more.

Southern Sudan in grips of worst kala azar outbreak in eight years

Epidemic compounds existing medical humanitarian crisis.

Juba, 16th December 2010: As Southern Sudan heads towards a January 9th referendum on secession, it is battling to contain its biggest kala azar outbreak in eight years. The severity of this outbreak is just one symptom of the wider medical humanitarian crisis facing the region, warns the international emergency aid agency, Médecins Sans Frontières, which includes abysmal lack of access to healthcare, chronic malnutrition, regular outbreaks of preventable diseases, and insecurity that displaces communities and destroys lives. more.

Kala Azar Patient Story

My name is Thinjin Wal and I have four children. Three of my boys are here at the Malakal Hospital and have all been receiving treatment for kala azar. more.

Interview with Emergency Coordinator

Moses Chol Maper is from Lakes State, southern Sudan and is Médecins Sans Frontières’ Emergency Coordinator, responding to the largest kala azar outbreak in eight years in southern Sudan. more.