Alexander Nyman is a Swedish ER doctor who recently returned from an assignment with Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Old Fangak, a remote town in South Sudan. In this blog, he writes about the day his team responded to an emergency – a patient who had been stabbed with a spear.
Mental health officer
Raimund Alber is an Austrian psychologist currently working with MSF in South Sudan. He shares his powerful story about the night he met a young man who had been pushed to his limits… Content note: suicide.
Swedish ER doctor Alexander Nyman blogs about a difficult day when his MSF team treated a girl with a severe snakebite...
Obstetrician / Gynaecologist
Lisa, an obstetritian / gynaecologist from the USA, has just returned from an assignment with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Aweil, South Sudan. Here she blogs about helping a young woman who has survived sexual violence...
"The boat is approaching the riverbank at full speed. It slows down as it hits the sand. The emergency team is in place..."
Over 1.9 million South Sudanese people have been displaced from their homes since conflict broke out in December 2013. 1.4 million of these people remain within the country, while more than 470,000 are seeking refuge in neighbouring countries.
Of those internally displaced, over 100,000 people are living across the ten Protection of Civilian (PoC) sites inside UN bases across the country; others are in remote and hard-to-reach areas, often cut off from all basic services. Access to health care in these areas is a major concern as existing health facilities were either looted or destroyed, and staff fled for their lives.
Even before the current conflict, South Sudan had some of the lowest health indicators in the world. The conflict has devastated the country’s already fragile healthcare system and a lack of sufficient medical supplies is a serious issue in many health facilities.
During the conflict, MSF has had to relocate services to pre-existing facilities which have become overstretched. We have built tented hospitals, worked under temporary shelters and set up inflatable hospitals. With over 3,800 local and international staff working in the country, we have set up emergency projects to respond to the growing needs of people directly affected by the crisis.