Fighting broke out in Jamam, Maban county of South Sudan, in early January causing thousands of people to flee their homes. Approximately 2,500-3,000 people had taken refuge in the Kaya area of Maban.
MSF and other actors responded quickly by organising and distributing mosquito nets, blankets, plastic sheeting and some basic cooking utensils. Following this our logisticians fed back that they were concerned re: the number of people there, and that many appeared unwell or heavily pregnant.
The decision was then made to make a mobile clinic over two days to assess the health status of the internally displaced people and treat conditions such as malaria and refer those needing serious treatment. All this was decided and implemented within 24 hours and made me very proud to work for such a fast acting organisation.
It's also important to highlight how important our logistical team is to successful missions within MSF. Organising supplies, being on the ground during distributions, building the mobile clinic, ensuring we had clean water, etc. We are very lucky to have such skilled team members. Logisticians are often forgotten about when talking about MSF. MSF is also lucky to be independent and can respond very quickly, and we did.