Providing medical care for those displaced by violence

Volunteers and community leaders have a training session on how best to communicate and promote good hygiene practices in the community.
SUDAN 2017 © Alain Ngoy Kapete/MSF
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This information is excerpted from MSF’s 2017 International Activity Report.

At the end of 2017, there were nearly 3.3 million internally displaced people and 772,000 registered South Sudanese refugees in Sudan, as well as many other migrants in transit to Europe.


In Al-Gedaref, eastern Sudan, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams treated 336 cases of suspected acute watery diarrhea. MSF trained staff from partner organizations in case management and prevention, and conducted community education sessions.

Sudan has the highest rate of kala azar (visceral leishmaniasis) in East Africa and Al-Gedaref accounts for nearly 70 percent of the patients nationwide. MSF provides free diagnosis and case management support to two hospitals in this region and organizes awareness-raising activities in the community. More than 1,300 patients were treated for kala azar in Sudan in 2017.

consultations in 2017
for measles outbreak

North Darfur

Tawila is home to almost 75,000 internally displaced people. MSF added a new maternity wing to the hospital there, increasing the capacity to 58 beds. During the year, staff assisted with 541 deliveries at the hospital.

Teams continued to run a project in Sortoni camp, where many people who have fled fighting in Jebel Mara have settled. In 2017, more than 56,600 primary health care consultations were carried out.

The MSF-supported hospital assists internally displaced people in the gold mining area of El Sireaf, where periodic clashes between the local community and armed nomadic groups result in many deaths. A new primary health post was opened in Garazawya which can also refer patients to El Sireaf hospital.

In 2017, MSF handed over the project it had been running in Dar Zaghawa since 2009 to the Ministry of Health.

West Darfur

Local health facilities in West Darfur are being rehabilitated as increasing numbers of people displaced by the war return home. In 2017, MSF opened a clinic offering high-quality pediatric services. The team there also provides epidemiological monitoring and is ready to respond to emergencies.

East Darfur In East Darfur, MSF is working in Kario refugee camp, which hosts 19,000 refugees from South Sudan. Following an outbreak of acute watery diarrhea, the team opened a treatment center, in addition to the primary and secondary health care services available in the camp. MSF also organised a mass vaccination campaign against measles.

White Nile state

In response to a large influx of South Sudanese refugees at Khor Wharal camp, MSF set up an emergency field hospital, providing secondary health care for the camp population of 50,000 people. More than 91,000 consultations were performed and 5,793 patients were admitted to the facility over the course of the year.

MSF also runs an 83-bed hospital in Kashafa refugee camp, which has a population of 83,000 South Sudanese who arrived before 2017. The hospital is also a referral point for the local community.