Why are we there?
- Armed conflict
- Endemic/epidemic disease
- Health care exclusion
This is an excerpt from MSF-USA's 2013 Annual Report:
In Sudan, MSF focuses on providing medical assistance in remote regions with poor access to health care, and to people affected by conflict, outbreaks of disease, and natural disasters.
In July, an MSF team started supporting the health center in El Serif displaced person camp near Nyala in South Darfur.
In North Darfur, MSF continued working in Tawila but due to insecurity the project was limited to basic health care activities within the town and the implementation of a referral system to hospitals in El Fashir for specialist treatment. The focus in Dar Zaghawa was also on basic health care. Teams supported two health centers and two health posts, and carried out postnatal home visits. Projects in Kaguro, including vaccination campaigns, were under remote management, as no access was available to international staff. An emergency intervention in El Sireaf started in 2013 after tribal clashes displaced an estimated 65,000 people. Two mobile clinics provided outpatient consultations, therapeutic feeding programs, and reproductive health care. Referrals were made to the MSF-supported El Sireaf hospital. In July, two mobile clinics started providing care to people in two displacement camps in El Serif.
Aiming to improve access to emergency health care, MSF launched the North Darfur Emergency Response (NDER) program in 2013 in collaboration with the Ministry of Health.
Treating Tuberculosis in Jebel Awlia
In February, MSF started diagnosing and treating tuberculosis (TB) in five health centers in Jebel Awlia, a large slum on the outskirts of the capital, Khartoum, where crowded living conditions increase people’s risk of contracting the disease. The team is training Ministry of Health staff and working with patient groups in the community to develop counseling and support systems that will help patients adhere to treatment.
Reproductive Health Care in Tabarak Allah, Al-Gedaref State
MSF began supporting the Ministry of Health’s reproductive health activities in July. The main objectives are to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality, and to ensure patients who need fistula repair and reconstructive surgery are appropriately referred. Comprehensive emergency obstetric services are offered, and women also receive follow-up services including postnatal consultations and family planning support. MSF renovated and equipped the maternity wing and refurbished the operating theaterin Quresha hospital. Children were also referred for vaccinations.
In January, MSF assisted the Sudanese health authorities in preventing a yellow fever epidemic. Over 750,000 adults and children were vaccinated over nine months in four localities in Central Darfur state. In West and Central Darfur, 256 patients suspected of having yellow fever were treated. From early March to May, MSF emergency teams carried out a measles vaccination campaign in five locations in Al-Gedaref state. A total of 306,400 people were vaccinated.
Emergency Flood Response
Heavy rains in August caused flooding which affected 150,000 people. Khartoum state was particularly hard hit, and MSF launched an emergency intervention, providing 228,600 liters of clean water and carrying out 654 mobile clinic consultations in the Sharag Alniel locality. Most patients had respiratory tract infections, gastritis, or diarrhea.
MSF continued its kala azar work in Tabarak Allah, Al Gedaref state, and treated 470 people in 2013. The Shangyl Tobaya basic health care program was handed over to the Ministry of Health.
At the end of 2013, MSF had 1,120 staff in Sudan. MSF has been working in the country since 1979.