"I'm really happy about stories like this one: we had a boy with meningitis come into the hospital. After I saw him I really thought he wouldn't make it. The next day I came to see him and I couldn't believe my eyes - he was sitting up in bed and wanted breakfast!"
Our international medical staff often face decisions which would not have to be made in their jobs at home. Here Dr Robert Crumb shares his experience of one day on shift in South Sudan...
A doctor comes home: "By joining MSF, I knew that I could help my community, and that I could save lives"
Dr Tor Deng is a general practitioner working for MSF in Abyei, a disputed region between Sudan and South Sudan. After graduating from medical school in Khartoum, he decided to return to Abyei, to his home region. He shares some of the challenges and successes of the HIV/TB programme run by MSF in Agok Hospital.
Surgeon Tomáš battles to save the life of a young girl. Content note: this post mentions suicide. Please take care while reading.
As her assignment in South Sudan comes to an end, Tessa reflects on the country's future and the patients, colleagues and friends she's leaving...
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.