MSF treats 42 wounded International medical humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is currently responding to the consequences of fighting in Sudan’s Abyei region.  Following violent clashes, the MSF hospital in Agok, 40 kilometres south of Abyei, received 42 wounded during the night between May 20 and 21. On May 21, the entire population of Abyei town fled the city, which is now almost empty. MSF teams have suspended primary healthcare activities in Abyei and have now reached the fleeing population in Agok. MSF teams in Agok are on standby to respond to a further influx of wounded. Mobile clinics are being prepared to provide health assistance, shelters and distribute essential non-food items (blankets, soap, cooking utensils) according to the needs.  Since January of this year, the hospital has been equipped with a full operating theatre.

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The MSF medical team during ward rounds at the hospital in Agok in 2010. MSF has been providing emergency medical humanitarian assistance in Sudan since 1979. MSF currently runs 27 projects across 13 states of the country. MSF has been working in the Abyei region since 2006. MSF provides primary healthcare services in Abyei town, including prenatal care and treatment for malnutrition. In 2010, the team has provided 18,534 outpatient consultations. Deliveries and other serious cases are referred to the MSF hospital in Agok, which provides a wide range of services including surgical, maternity, inpatient and outpatient care, a pediatric unit, a tuberculosis ward and a therapeutic feeding centre for malnourished children. In 2010 alone, 31,199 outpatient consultations were carried out.

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