South Sudan

MSF has been working in the region that today constitutes the Republic of South Sudan since 1983. Today, MSF employs more than 3,000 South Sudanese staff and 330 international staff to respond to a wide range of medical emergencies and provide free and high quality healthcare to people in need in 17 project loca­tions across the country.

MSF condemns the outrageous violence in the Malakal Protec­tion of Civilians site on February 17 and 18, which claimed the lives of 19 people, including two MSF staff. The violence left humanitarian facilities destroyed and thousands of civilian shelters burned to the ground. The population of 47,000 who were sheltering in the camp at the time of the attack had al­ready suffered through two years of conflict and displacement and were living in inhumane and overcrowded conditions. With large sections of the camp now destroyed, protection of civilians and a sustained humanitarian effort is required to pro­vide basic life-saving services to the affected population.

MSF strongly condemns the attack, which is yet another instance of brutality in a conflict marked by utter lack of respect for the lives and dignity of civilians. At the same time, MSF calls on all armed actors to respect the provision of medical assistance to vulnerable populations in the wake of the unacceptable looting and ransacking of its medical centre in Pibor. Thou­sands of residents fled to the bush to escape the violence with no access to assistance. In this moment of immense medical need, MSF has launched an urgent response, but its capacity to respond to medical needs in Pibor, Lekuangole and Gumuruk has been severely diminished as a result of this unacceptable looting.

2016 activities by the numbers

(1 January – 29 February)

  • 110,822 outpatient consultations, of which 44,727 children under 5 years old
  • 6,729 patients hospitalised, of which 2,768 children under 5 years old
  • 2,148 surgical operations, and 622 war wounded treated
  • 31,901 patients treated for malaria
  • 1,628 babies delivered

Crisis Updates

Ongoing coverage of MSF response to the South Sudan crisis

2014 Activities  from 2014 International Activity Report

Throughout 2014, Médecins Sans Frontiéres (MSF) responded to emergency medical needs arising from conflict while striving to maintain its pre-existing, essential healthcare programmes in South Sudan.

When fighting broke out in the capital Juba at the end of 2013 and rapidly spread throughout the country, MSF started dispatching medical supplies and staff to critically affected locations. The number of projects had soon increased from 13 to more than 20 across nine states. Many people fled their homes and thousands hid in the bush. An estimated 1.5 million people remained internally displaced by the end of 2014.

Since the beginning of the crisis in South Sudan, MSF has called on all parties to respect the integrity of medical facilities, and to allow aid organisations to access affected communities. In January 2014, there was heavy fighting in the town of Leer, southern Unity state, and the MSF-supported hospital was looted and set alight. The provision of outpatient and inpatient care for children and adults, surgery, maternity services, treatment for HIV and tuberculosis (TB) and intensive care was interrupted for several months.

Medical care has come under attack time and again in South Sudan, with patients shot in their beds, wards burned to the ground and medical equipment stolen. Hundreds of thousands of people have been denied lifesaving assistance because of these acts. MSF staff witnessed the gruesome aftermath of armed attacks and clashes in Malakal in Upper Nile state, when they discovered patients murdered inside the town’s teaching hospital. After fighting in Bentiu in April, people who had been seeking shelter inside the hospital were killed on the grounds.

Read more about MSF's activities in South Sudan in 2014.

Year MSF first worked in the country: 1983.

2014 Key figures
Outpatient consultations 936,200
Patients treated in feeding centres 22,700
Surgical interventions 6,900
Patients treated for kala azar 6,800
Patients treated for cholera 6,800
No. staff in 2014 3,996
2014 Expenditure €83.3 million

Figures from 2014 International Activity Report
and 2014 International Financial Report

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