Kirsti is a midwife from the USA. She is currently working for MSF / Doctors Without Borders in South Sudan, where she's helping to ensure women have...
Kirsti is a midwife from the USA. She is currently working for MSF / Doctors Without Borders in South Sudan, where she's helping to ensure women have a safe place to give birth...
Judith is a midwife from Kenya. She recently completed her first MSF / Doctors Without Borders assignment in Old Fangak, South Sudan. She shares the story of a patient she will never forget...
"Lulwa Al Kilansi is an MSF project manager in the Al Kashafa refugee camp hospital, in White Nile State, Sudan. Lulwa has been working in Al Kashafa for the last six months. In this personal post, Lulwa blogs about life for the people in the camp..."
"I am loving being in the wards, getting to know individual patients and becoming familiar with the most common conditions – malaria, kala azar, brucellosis, typhoid fever and tuberculosis."
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.