Sudan: MSF responds to medical needs, prepares to scale up activities

Ongoing violence continues in many parts of Sudan. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) teams on the ground report that hospitals are overwhelmed and thousands are fleeing to safer areas. Already we are seeing immense humanitarian and medical needs.

“During a lull in the fighting, MSF was able to make a donation of medical supplies to a health facility in Khartoum on Sun. April 23, and we are in contact with hospitals and Sudanese medical authorities and associations trying to supply additional hospitals and facilities within the capital – however, the fighting is continuing to make this almost impossible,” said Dr Ghazali Babiker, MSF Country Director for Sudan.

In El Fasher, a large number of wounded people have arrived at the hospital MSF supports. Our teams are working round the clock to treat the injured – 404 people have so far made it to the hospital for treatment, which is now the only health facility that is operational in the city.

Thousands of people have fled from Khartoum to Wad Madani. MSF teams, including staff from Khartoum and from our project in Damazin, are assessing how we can best begin to respond to the needs there.

MSF supported facilities are also continuing to treat patients in Damazin, Blue Nile State, Omdurman, Khartoum State, in Kreinik and El Geneina, West Darfur, in Rokero, Central Darfur, Um Rakuba and in Gedaref state in east Sudan. We remain committed to providing much needed healthcare to people in Sudan, especially during these challenging moments. But to do so, we need to be able to ensure safety and security for our staff and patients. 

“Experienced MSF emergency teams stand ready to enter Sudan as soon as they are able to support the scale-up of our activities. Other teams are currently preparing and identifying the best ways to send medical and humanitarian supplies to the country,” Kate Nolan, MSF Deputy Director of Operations.

After more than a week sheltering from heavy fighting in Sudan, some of our teams have relocated to safer locations, while there are plans for others to leave the country. Some staff have also relocated with their families to safer areas, often joining family members. We continue to keep in close contact with all team members, as far as is possible. The safety of our staff is a top priority, and we appreciate the support we received to safely relocate our teams.

“We reiterate our call for all those participating in the violence to respect their obligations under international humanitarian law to ensure the safety of medical personnel and health facilities, to allow safe passage of our teams, ambulances and civilians seeking healthcare, and to facilitate movement of those who are delivering humanitarian assistance”, said Dr Abubakr Bashir Bakri, MSF operations manager for Sudan.