Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) employs more than 2,800 South Sudanese staff and around 275 international staff to respond to a wide range of medical emergencies and provide free and high quality healthcare to people in need.
MSF is particularly concerned about the effects of fighting in Upper Nile State. Humanitarian needs are growing, but aid organisations are finding it increasingly difficult to access the most severely affected areas, such as Wau Shilluk and Noon. Insecurity has also restricted MSF’s work in Malakal and Melut through June and July. In all the conflict-affected areas, MSF calls on all parties to the conflict to respect medical facilities and staff, to allow aid organisations access to affected communities and to allow patients and populations to reach assistance and receive medical treatment irrespective of their origin or ethnicity.
MSF IN NUMBERS 1 January – 30 June 2015
- 318,131 outpatient consultations, (of which 124,468 children under 5 years old)
- 19,906 patients hospitalised, (of which 8,947 children under 5 years old)
- 7,451 surgical operations
- 9,330 children treated for malnutrition, (of which 2,226 were hospitalised)
- 36,097 patients treated for malaria
MSF Staff – June 2015 In the month of June, MSF employed 2,886 South Sudanese staff alongside 275 international staff to work in 18 projects across South Sudan.
MSF cholera intervention
After the Ministry of Health declared a cholera outbreak in Juba on June 23, MSF constructed and opened a cholera treatment centre (CTC) in the neighbourhood of Muniki, Block A. The centre is expandable and can care for up to 150 patients. In Bor, MSF is supporting the Ministry of Health to manage a cholera treatment unit.
In a separate outbreak last year, MSF treated over 3,300 cholera patients, more than 50% of all confirmed cases in the country that year.