Sudan: MSF Handing Over Medical Activities in Kario Refugee Camp (East Darfur) to Sudanese Ministry of Health

Staff Writer

Khartoum, 22 June 2022 – The International medical organization Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Border (MSF) is leaving East Darfur and handing over its medical activities to refugees and local communities in Kario refugee camp (East Darfur) to the Sudanese Ministry of Health. Five years ago, MSF entered East Darfur to launch an emergency response following an outbreak of acute watery diarrhea.

“As the medical needs were high, at the time we decided to stay longer than initially planned to build up and provide primary healthcare services to the 36,000 South Sudanese refugees in the camp as well as about 80,000 people from local communities, who today account for more than half of all consultations,” says Ann Mumina, MSF’s Head of Mission in Sudan “Now we are handing these regular medical activities back over to the Sudanese Ministry of Health, with whom we have worked closely over the past 5 years.

Nevertheless, MSF is present in Sudan and stands ready to respond to any medical emergency that might occur in the country, including in East Darfur.”

Over the past five years, MSF medical teams have provided more than 300,000 outpatient consultations and admitted around 10,000 patients to the inpatient department. With the support of MSF midwives, nearly 5,000 babies have been born safely in the clinic, while some 50,000 children under 15 have been vaccinated against measles.

In nearby villages, the MSF has set up an ‘integrated community case management program to screen children for malnutrition and treat people for uncomplicated forms of malaria and diarrhea. The MSF also provided community health volunteers ensuring basic medical treatment with training and medications.

The MSF is a medical humanitarian organization whose actions are guided by medical ethics and the principles of neutrality, independence, and impartiality. Assistance is offered based on medical needs, irrespective of race, religion, gender, or political affiliation.

It has been working in Sudan since 1978, and to this day, provides medical care in Khartoum, Gedaref, Blue Nile, Central Darfur, West Darfur, South Darfur, and Kassala states, with emergency teams launching responses in other areas as needed.

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