- Conflict continues to inflict a heavy toll on the health of people in Sudan’s Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile states.
- Médecins Sans Frontières aims to respond to emergency health needs in the country, but in 2014 various restrictions hindered its access to conflict-affected areas.
- A Médecins Sans Frontières-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.
- Clashes took place between resident Zaghawa and nomadic Arab tribes in Tawila, where an Médecins Sans Frontières hospital-based project offers outpatient and inpatient care, focusing on the needs of mothers and children.
- Another Médecins Sans Frontières team, again concentrating on basic medical care for mothers and children, works in four health centres in Dar Zaghawa. Postnatal care is available at three peripheral health posts.
- Médecins Sans Frontières continued to assist displaced people in El Sireaf, providing water and sanitation, relief items and medical care, including surgery.
- North Darfur Emergency Response (NDER), a project with the North Darfur health ministry, conducts rapid health assessments and interventions.
- Activities included relief item distribution in Tawisha, Usban and El Fasher; a hepatitis E intervention in Um Kadada; malnutrition screening in Shangil Tobaya; supporting the campaign against dengue fever in El Fasher with such things as case management, vector control and active surveillance; and emergency response training.
- In March and April, there were 4,000 new arrivals at El Sereif displaced people camp near Nyala. Their villages southwest of the city had been destroyed and they had fled in fear.
- Médecins Sans Frontières was already working in the camp, improving the water supply (which was far short of emergency standards) and treating residents whose health was suffering due to the poor living conditions.
- Towards the end of 2014, Médecins Sans Frontières began to support four health centres in Kerenek locality, West Darfur, offering basic medical care.
- A team also worked with the health ministry on Ebola preparedness, training more than 100 staff and strengthening surveillance.
Assisting South Sudanese refugees
- A health clinic was opened in February in White Nile state to provide basic healthcare to some 30,000 South Sudanese refugees, many of them women, children and elderly people who had walked long distances to safety.
- Médecins Sans Frontières conducted training on kala azar (visceral leishmaniasis) for 590 health professionals in Sennar state and treated 400 kala azar patients in Tabarak Allah hospital, Al Gedaref state.
- Médecins Sans Frontières also supported reproductive healthcare services in the hospital. Médecins Sans Frontières supported tuberculosis diagnosis and treatment in five health centres in Jebel Awila, a large slum area on the outskirts of Khartoum, where crowded living conditions increase the risk of contracting the disease.
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Médecins Sans Frontières has been working in the country since 1979 and at the end of 2014, Médecins Sans Frontières had 589 staff in Sudan.