January 21, 2010
Following the expulsion of the Dutch and French sections of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) by the Sudanese government in March 2009, three MSF sections continue working in Northern Sudan, in the western region of Darfur, Al-Gedaref State, and the Red Sea State. Today, MSF provides a range of services, including primary and secondary healthcare, as well as responding to emergencies as they arise. Security remains a pressing issue in Darfur, as banditry, sporadic clashes and bombing between different groups, and kidnappings of aid workers continue to occur. Currently, MSF has a total of 32 international staff, 479 national staff, and 52 Sudanese Ministry of Health staff working in its projects.
On average, MSF provides between 3,000 and 4,000 medical consultations per month. In addition, four community health workers travel daily on donkeys to neighboring villages that do not have access to medical services. These teams provide nutritional screening, basic health and hygiene trainings, as well as follow-up with patients, as MSF is always looking for ways to expand its services and reach more people.
MSF also provides training, capacity-building, and supervision of ministry of health personnel, and MSF staff to support clinical activities, as well as the payment of incentives. MSF has started rehabilitating an old ministry of health clinic which was destroyed during the fighting. As soon as this work is completed medical services will be transferred to this facility. Until the security situation in Shangil Tobaya and Tawila improves, MSF will continue to run these projects with international staff based in El-Fashir visiting twice a week.
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