15 February 2011
Renewed fighting in North Darfur state during the last two months, between government and opposition groups, has forced thousands of families to flee from their villages. Photo: Juan-Carlos Tomasi / MSF Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is currently responding to a large influx of wounded patients as a result of clashes that began on February 9 in Upper Nile State, southern Sudan. In collaboration with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the country’s Ministry of Health, an MSF medical team admitted 33 wounded patients to the hospital in the town of Malakal on the morning of February 11. Six of those patients were in urgent need of surgery. A further 17 patients who...
17 December 2010
Epidemic compounds existing medical humanitarian crisis. Photo: Cédric Gerbehaye / Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund / VU' Juba, 16th December 2010: As Southern Sudan heads towards a January 9th referendum on secession, it is battling to contain its biggest kala azar outbreak in eight years. The severity of this outbreak is just one symptom of the wider medical humanitarian crisis facing the region, warns the international emergency aid agency, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), which includes abysmal lack of access to healthcare, chronic malnutrition, regular outbreaks of preventable diseases, and insecurity that displaces communities and destroys lives. Kala azar, or visceral leishmaniasis, is a...
17 December 2010
Photographer Cedric Gerbehaye of VU Photo Agency traveled to Southern Sudan on a Magnum Emergency Fund. There he visited Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF) clinics and documented the humanitarian situation in advance of the referendum. Southern Sudan is scheduled to vote on independence from the North on January 9, 2011.
21 January 2011
Aluel and Awien in the shades of mango tree to while away the long, hot afternoons of Southern Sudan's dry season. "When I was still pregnant with Awien, I remember being badly sick. I had a fever for a week, then I recovered, but then the fever came back again. I let my sickness take its course and I didn't have any treatment because it was not available in the village." Gogria, South Sudan. Photo: Baikong Mamid / MSF Along a dusty road that runs through Southern Sudan’s Gogrial West County hundreds of fat cows with beautiful harp-shaped horns graze on either side of the dirt track. Each cow is a coveted and prized possession here, and while the animals are well cared for, the health of mothers and children...
10 February 2011
Kala azar—or visceral leishmaniasis—is a treatable but largely neglected disease. Southern Sudan is currently facing a massive kala azar epidemic. This is a region where three-quarters of the population has no access to basic medical care, and the health system is unable to deal with an emergency on this scale.