January 23, 2015

A hospital operated by the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) was directly targeted in an aerial bombing in Sudan on January 20, forcing the suspension of medical activities, MSF announced today.

June 17, 2014

During an aerial attack on a Sudanese village, Sudan’s air force bombed and partially destroyed a hospital run by the international medical humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in the war-torn South Kordofan region Monday, depriving civilians of critical medical care, the organisation said today.

After a series of violent attacks over the past two months, at least 50,000 civilians in south Darfur have fled to the arid countryside. Villages have been burned, civilians shot, water points and food stocks destroyed. Médecins Sans Frontières is providing surgical assistance to the wounded, has set up fixed and mobile health clinics, and is distributing plastic sheets, blankets and food. Under a thorny acacia tree in the arid countryside of south Darfur, a few families seek relief from the scorching sun.

Since late December 2006, new attacks in West Darfur, Sudan have destroyed several villages and have led to the displacement of thousands of people. Displaced persons have found refuge in Ardamata and Dorti camps, situated on the outskirts of El Geneina, the capital of west Darfur, while other people remain blocked further north in Tanjeke. While some 750 families

Dr. Philip Humphris is MSF's Head of Mission in Sudan. He has returned from Darfur and, as the number of aid actors in Darfur continues to decrease, explains what MSF is doing in the field and why we are still there.

During the past weeks, teams from Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) have assisted in the vaccination of more than 860,000 people against meningitis, a contagious and potentially fatal infection of the brain membrane. These mass immunisation campaigns have taken place across large swathes of northern Uganda, southern Sudan and the east of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), countries which make up part of what is traditionally known as the 'Meningitis Belt,' an area stretching from Senegal in the west of Africa to Ethiopia in the east.

Teams of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in North Darfur have travelled to areas where humanitarians organisation had not been able to go for months. They found communities who were completely cut off from international assistance. In two cars stacked with medicines, a team set out from Kebkabya in an attempt to reach Kagoro, the main village of the Jabel Si mountains, in an area controlled by the SLA rebel movement. There are around 37,000 people living in that region and in late 2005 MSF had set up a health centre to bring basic medical assistance.

MSF is extremely concerned by the fate of civilians remaining in targeted areas and requests unhindered access to these populations.

MSF emphasizes government's responsibility towards Darfur's civilians