Tessa blogs about living with her colleagues, making pizza, and house cats in their "home away from home" in South Sudan.
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This Saturday morning was different from previous Saturday mornings. The day before, we were told that this morning we would have a “mass casualty...
Tessa blogs about the surprisingly valuable ritual of drinking tea while on assignment in South Sudan...
"In Nuer culture, children are named in reference to the circumstances surrounding their birth or important events in that period. For instance, the names Unzimai, Riek and Duop literally mean: 'war', 'conflict' and 'born alongside the road'."
When Tomas arrived in South Sudan, he found he was missing one bit of surgeon’s kit. Here he explains how the instruments he ordered mainly as a precaution meant the team had a chance to save a young boy’s life.
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.