MSF will leave the project in the Nuba Mountains in Sudan in June
this year, due to increased stability in the area and a low disease burden. The basic health care programme will be handed over to Save the Children,
who will work together with a local NGO.
During the war between north and south Sudan, the Nuba region came under the control of the rebel SPLA. The Government of Sudan then isolated the region from outside assistance. The Nuba Mountians also were the scene of significant fighting.
All these factors led to major health needs with the population having hardly any access to medical health care.
MSF's involvement with the Nuba Mountains began in 1995. Due to the political situation, the intervention was very secret for the first five years. During this time, a huge measles vaccination campaign and drugs distribution programme were carried out, requiring a well organised logistical network.
In later years MSF provided basic health care and tuberculosis treatment, and has most recently carried out a bednet distribution to combat malaria.
However, since the signing of the peace agreement between the government
and the SPLA last January, the security situation has become stable. More health
agencies have started to come in and MSF has decided to leave the Nuba
By doing so, MSF will be able to focus more on other areas of
southern Sudan with a higher disease burden, which are becoming more
accessible. As part of the handover, MSF will leave six months of drugs
A small number of tuberculosis-patients will not be taken
over by Save the Children. Some of them will complete their treament in the
coming months, others will be helped by MSF projects elsewhere in South
MSF's involvement with the Nuba Mountains began in 1995. Due to the political situation, the intervention was very secret for the first five years.