"Finally I am here! After many days of travel and stop-overs I finally arrived what will be my home for the next six months: Bentiu protection of civilians camp, in South Sudan."
Canadian Laura Acheson begins her work in Aweil, South Sudan as a nurse in the maternity and paediatric ward of Aweil State Hospital...
South Sudan: "I see tenderness, fear and fierce determination in the mothers who carry their babies to us for care"
Amy is a nurse from Canada. She blogs about packing up her life at home to join the more than 300 people who work together in the MSF hospital in Lankien, in the north of South Sudan...
Johanna Lönn is a nurse from Sweden on her first assignment with Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF). For seven months she'll be managing a tuberculosis department at the hospital in a refugee camp in Bentiu, South Sudan. The hospital is the only health centre in the camp. Here she blogs about preparing her suitcase and mind for her first-ever assignment.
As I prepare my final report, I can’t help thinking how fast nine months have gone by in Yida. I have enjoyed learning about the people of Nuba,...
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.