Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has more than 3,100 local staff and 340 international staff working in South Sudan, responding to a wide range of medical emergencies. MSF is also running programmes to provide healthcare to the South Sudanese refugees in neighbouring countries as part of its response to the humanitarian crisis.
At present, MSF operates 17 projects in six of the ten states of South Sudan, including in Unity, Upper Nile and Jonglei where the conflict has taken a particularly heavy toll on the population. MSF also runs activities in the Abyei Administrative Area. Teams are responding to various health needs including surgery, obstetrics, malaria, kala azar, vaccinations against preventable diseases and malnutrition.
MSF calls on all parties to respect medical facilities, to allow aid organisations access to affected communities and to allow patients to receive medical treatment irrespective of their origin or ethnicity.