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Putting love into action

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Wendy Van Amerongen, Communications Officer for South Sudan, shares some of the challenges of working in South Sudan amidst the current conflict and why the team is up to the task:

Getting supplies to where they are needed most in South Sudan can be a challenge. Underdeveloped roads and transportation infrastructure means that heavy rains can block routes for up to eight months a year. And more recently, the outbreak of fighting in many parts of the new nation forces us to find creative solutions so the people we serve receive what they need to survive.

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Medair resumes Malakal relief activities, works actively in several South Sudan crises areas

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Medair staff returned to Malakal on 3 March to resume their work providing emergency latrines to address the urgent water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) needs of the displaced communities within the UN base. The team had left a week earlier after fighting had restarted in the Upper Nile State city.

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Staff relocated as conflict worsens, South Sudan

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Medair relocates staff from Malakal as heavy fighting continues in South Sudan

24 February 2014. Medair withdrew its staff from Malakal yesterday amid escalating unrest within the town.

Heavy fighting in and around the northern South Sudanese town broke out on 18 February, with cross-community clashes also occurring in the UN base sheltering close to 25,000 people.

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Crisis in South Sudan

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Medair emergency response team supports the rising number of people affected by the South Sudan crisis

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Escape from Blue Nile

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In 2012, more than 110,000 people fled Sudan’s Blue Nile State to escape the bombings and violence at home. Here are their stories, in their own words...

Bajita (mother, health and hygiene promoter): The war started during Ramadan. It advanced slowly until it reached the mountains. We were still in our village. The crops were ready and ripe – ground nuts and sesame – but they were never harvested.

Shawish Turuk (grandfather and herdsman): It was raining that day and then the bombs started raining down too. I saw people killed. We had to leave our cattle and run.

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Relief programmes continuing in border areas despite escalating conflict

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JUBA, South Sudan. As insecurity intensifies along the border between Sudan and South Sudan, Medair continues to bring relief to vulnerable families in Upper Nile state.

In Renk county, Upper Nile state, impoverished communities have been struggling to cope with an influx of 20,000 returnees from Sudan who have been living in temporary camps on the outskirts of their villages. Meanwhile, families living in these camps have little food, health care, or access to water or sanitation.

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South Sudan: Emergency Teams Respond to Crisis in Sudan’s Abyei Region

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Medair has been providing emergency relief for displaced people after conflict in Sudan's disputed Abyei region forced more than 110,000 people to flee for their lives.

When the fighting in Abyei began on 21 May, terrified people immediately fled for safety, with many leaving everything behind in their rush to escape. However, as more than 110,000 traumatised people arrived in nearby villages, they found little refuge there either.

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Sudan (Southern Sudan): Now There Is Peace

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With an estimated 250,000 people pouring into Southern Sudan in response to the referendum for independence, Medair is providing emergency relief to the most vulnerable among them.

Asunta Awok vividly recalls fleeing war-torn Southern Sudan when she was only 20 years old. She ran for three days straight and didn't sleep. For the past 25 years, she has lived in Khartoum in the north. In that time, she married, had four children, and later buried her husband. Now 45, she has returned home with her children, eager to build a new life in what is poised to become the world's newest country.

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Sudan (Southern Sudan): Emergency response underway for mass influx of returnees

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As Southern Sudan releases the official results of its referendum on independence, Medair's emergency response teams (ERTs) are working around the clock to respond to the urgent needs of hundreds of thousands of southerners who are returning home from the north.

As many as 200,000 returnees are estimated to have already arrived in Southern Sudan. With many more, perhaps double that number, expected to return over the coming months, this chronically underdeveloped region is being stretched far beyond its current capacity.

"The scale of the migration is hard

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Sudan: Learning Skills and Earning Trust

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Sudan (Northern States) - In South Kordofan, Medair's safe motherhood programme is leading to life-saving care for vulnerable mothers throughout the region.

For a woman who is only 30 years of age, midwife Asha Mohamad Ali has delivered a surprising number of children in her lifetime.

"I might have delivered about 3,000 babies," said Asha, who works out of the village of Abu Likri. "I once did 13 in a single week!"

Back in 1992, Asha attended a one-and-a-half year midwife training organised by the government in Kadugli. She has been

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Medair first to respond after flooding in West Darfur IDP camp

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26 August 2010,

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Sudan (Northern States) - El Geneina - On 18 July, a massive rainstorm lasting for about four hours caused serious flooding in the IDP camp in Sisi, West Darfur.

Medair received the first report of this flooding on 20 July, stating that the Medair clinic had collapsed and that many houses had been damaged. The camp is home to 10,500 IDPs (internally displaced persons) who have fled from their original villages due to the ongoing conflict in West Darfur.

"There are only two other international

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Sudan: We Used to Die in Darkness

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Southern Sudan - Medair's emergency response team helped combat a deadly disease outbreak in Jonglei state, Southern Sudan.

November 2009:

A woman carried her three-year-old stepdaughter Nyanchyan for an hour through the marshes to reach a health camp in Keew. The little girl was severely underweight and had been running a high fever for weeks, but had become pale and had a rash and an enlarged spleen. All symptoms suggested that Nyanchyan had contracted kala azar.

The disease kala azar attacks a person's internal organs and can be fatal within months if untreated-even sooner

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Going the extra mile

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Ecublens - Over the past six years, Medair responded to sudden emergencies while also strengthening our rehabilitation work to make a long-lasting impact on vulnerable communities. Our teams worked in Afghanistan, Angola, D.R. Congo, Indonesia, Iran, Madagascar, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.

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Medair was on-the-ground in Sri Lanka within 24 hours of the deadly Asian tsunami, and operational in five days. We worked in a neglected fishing village to secure safe drinking water and provide temporary shelters for the most vulnerable. The project culminated

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Sudan: From translator to doctor - A journey of hope

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Sudan (Southern Sudan) - Medair sponsors intensive health training for new community health workers in recovering Southern Sudan.

March 2008:

"I'd love to become a doctor," said Ahoch Ayong Athon, already thinking about his long- term aspirations as he prepared to embark on a Medair-sponsored training programme for community health workers (CHWs).

"I expect to learn more about health, like how to make a diagnosis of a patient, how to help with prescribing drugs, and when to refer patients to medical assistants. I think I can

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Sudan : A battle for hope

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Medair's Emergency Response Team fights child malnutrition in the face of a growing food crisis in Akobo,Southern Sudan.

When six-month-old Ban was seen by Medair's Emergency Response Team, he was suffering from chronic diarrhoea, an eye infection, and severe malnutrition. In response to a serious food shortage in Akobo, six of Medair's Sudanese outreach workers were seeking out cases of malnutrition in young children. After measuring the size of Ban's upper arm and thereby determining that he suffered from malnutrition, they referred

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Sudan: A midnight emergency

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Sudan (Northern States) - In conflict-affected West Darfur, the presence of Medair-supported midwives is making a life-saving difference for pregnant women and newborn children.

On a hot night in May, Aziza showed up at Medair's antenatal care (ANC) centre in Sisi, a displaced-persons camp 40 kilometres from the state capital, El Geneina, in West Darfur. She had been in labour at home for nine hours, under the care of a traditional birth attendant (TBA). The midwife on the night shift, Nour, immediately knew that this young mother was in danger.

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Sudan: Armed raid on Medair compound in El Geneina, West Darfur

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Sudan (Northern States) - A staff member was slightly injured when shots were fired during an armed raid on a Medair compound in El Geneina, West Darfur. The compound provides a base for staff who provide essential health and water services to over 200,000 conflict-affected people in this remote part of Sudan.

In the early hours of Sunday, 19 July, a Medair compound in El Geneina, the state capital of West Darfur, suffered an armed raid. During the raid on the compound, an international staff member was hit by metal fragments when shots were fired, apparently in

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Sudan: First steps

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Sudan (Southern Sudan) - Medair's new tuberculosis (TB) clinic in Melut County, Southern Sudan, is showing some very encouraging results.

In February 2009, a 14-year-old girl named Nyaruach became the first patient to successfully complete tuberculosis treatment in Medair's new TB clinic in Melut.

Damaris Kunz, Medair's TB Manager, holds a photo of the girl taken in early 2008, before the onset of her symptoms. "Nyaruach was a normal young girl filled with fun and joy," she says. "Then, with the tuberculosis, came the deformation of her spine,

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Sudan: Going the extra mile

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15. April 2009, Southern Sudan - A Medair team treks through bush, mountains, swamps, and croc-inhabited rivers to protect children from deadly measles in remote Southern Sudan.

This past November, Medair's Health ERT (Emergency Response Team) heard about a recurring measles outbreak in remote Pibor County, an area in southeast Jonglei State that has been particularly susceptible to the disease. In the past, other organisations have attempted to combat the threat of measles in this region, but they were hampered

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Sudan: John's story

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Sudan (Southern Sudan) - Alice Wyatt, Medair's Nutrition Manager for Southern Sudan, recounts a dramatic story from an emergency response for severe malnutrition.

John was the first arrival to the clinic on the day Medair returned to Maban County. The young boy was carried in by his mother, bundled up in blankets. At first glance, I didn't think he was alive; the boy looked like a skeleton. He was severely wasted from diarrhoea and dehydration. I didn't recognise him at all, but as I talked to his mother I realised I had met this child before.

Six weeks previously, when we were in