Large parts of Sudan have experienced ongoing violence, including intense urban warfare, gunfire, shelling and airstrikes. Our teams report that hospitals are overwhelmed, and in some areas, people are unable or too afraid to get to health facilities because the fighting is too intense and/or the facilities have been damaged in the fighting. Many people are cut off from medical care at a time when they need it most.
People are fleeing to safer areas, as they face food and water shortages, forcing them to move to try to meet their basic needs. People are also facing difficulties accessing medical care as the healthcare system is collapsing, with many hospitals facing shortages in supplies and staff.
In response to the lack of fuel and medical supplies, our teams have managed to make donations to hospitals in several states including Khartoum, Al-Jazeera, North and Central Darfour and Red Sea states.
We call on parties of the conflict to ensure humanitarian access and to allow us to assist the Sudanese people.Ahmed Abd-elrahman, MSF director of operations in Brussels
We are currently working in 10 states: Khartoum, Al-Jazeera, West Darfur, North Darfur, Central Darfur, South Darfur, Al-Gedaref, Blue Nile, White Nile and River Nile. Our teams have started new activities in some of these locations, including emergency and surgical care in Khartoum, mobile clinics and relief item distributions in Wad Madani, and water and sanitation activities in Port Sudan.
We have shifted some of our activities to meet the emergency needs, including in El Fasher hospital, where we have treated over 1,000 war-wounded patients. We also carry out emergency obstetric surgery, as well as normal deliveries, and are now supporting the paediatric hospital in El Fasher.
MSF’s surgical activities in Bashair Teaching Hospital in south Khartoum are ongoing. In July, the emergency room received 1,073 patients. More than 60 per cent of them had experienced violent trauma, such as gunshot wounds or injuries caused by explosions.
We also have surgical and medical teams working in the Turkish Hospital in Khartoum. In total, our teams treated 3,855 patients in this hospital from mid-June to the end of July.
We have been forced to suspend some activities due to violence and insecurity in some other parts of the country. This includes our activities in Niyala in South Darfur, and the MSF-supported El Geneina Teaching Hospital in West Darfur, which were subject to looting.
More than 380,000 refugees have crossed into eastern Chad, seeking refuge in camps and settlements located in the border town of Adre. Our teams there are witnessing the distressing living conditions faced by people, with a severe shortage of food, water, sanitation, shelter, and healthcare.
We provide surgical care for the war wounded, support the paediatric and nutrition wards and health centres around Adre, and provide assistance to refugees in camps in Chad through mobile clinics.
We are delivering critical healthcare services in partnership with the Ministry of Health in Adre hospital where the bed capacity has been expanded to 420 beds. Additionally, a 38-bed clinic situated in Camp Ecole is conducting 460 consultations daily. The region is grappling with a high prevalence of malaria and diarrhoeal diseases, while 372 children are undergoing treatment for malnutrition.
Since the eruption of conflict, over 200,000 people had been registered crossing to South Sudan up until the first week of August. Over 90 per cent of them are South Sudanese, arriving exhausted and extremely vulnerable.
In South Sudan, we have launched emergency responses in Upper Nile and Northern Bahr El Ghazal states, running three mobile clinics in Renk and one in Aweil, offering basic healthcare services.
In view of the alarming influx of measles patients coming from the conflict in Sudan, we have set up isolation wards in Renk, Bentiu and Twic County. To prevent measles from taking more lives, there must be an urgent scale up of food support and vaccinations to immunise everyone.