From bombs to desolate halls: MSF responds to people displaced in Zalingei, Sudan, without assistance


The war in Sudan has caused massive devastation and one of the world’s largest displacement crises. After heavy fighting between Rapid Support Forces (RSF) and Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) started in the Darfur region, most humanitarian actors evacuated – and most have yet to return. A year later, people are still cut from assistance, such as food, water, shelter, and medical care; and as Sudan faces a humanitarian void, the health and humanitarian needs are further exacerbating. Both in Central and South Darfur states, MSF is one of the few international organizations responding to the needs.

Aissa and her family were forced to flee their homes in early November 2023 as fighting between Rapid Suppot Forces (RSF) and Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) started in the Al-Hasahisa camp in Zalingei, Central Darfur state, Sudan. For over six months, Aissa and her family have resided in a single container at the ravaged Zalingei fire station. Like 6.5 million other displaced people in Sudan, they primarily depend on humanitarian aid that remains unavailable in many places. Surviving by working odd jobs here and there, Aissa and her family don’t have proper access to water, food, or essential services, including medical care. ©MSF
Zalingei, capital of Central Darfur state, Sudan
  • MSF teams are providing secondary care in Zalingei Teaching Hospital and supporting the hospital with incentives for Ministry of Health staff, rehabilitation and donations. In early April, MSF re-opened the emergency department, maternity and pediatric wards, and inpatient therapeutic feeding center.
  • In April, MSF teams in the Zalingei Teaching Hospital provided over 900 emergency consultations, nearly 400 pediatric admissions, almost 100 safe deliveries, and treated over 50 children for malnutrition in the inpatient therapeutic feeding center.
Rokero, Sortony and Umo, Northern Jebel Marra area, Central Darfur state, Sudan
  • MSF teams are providing maternity and pediatric care, including safe deliveries, treating malnourished children in Rokero hospital and two primary health care clinics in Sortony and Umo, in the Northern Jebel Marra area. The teams are also providing emergency care and hospitalization services in the Rokero hospital.
  • From January to end of April, MSF teams have provided over 130 safe deliveries, provided over 9,000 emergency consultations, treated over 470 children for malnutrition in the inpatient therapeutic feeding center.
Nyala and Beliel camp, South Darfur state, Sudan

Since January 2024, we have been able to access Nyala again, which remains an area torn by conflict, and which used to be the principle health destination in South Darfur, and where now there is no free healthcare anymore. We currently provide support to selected departments in two hospitals (paediatric and maternity in Nyala Teaching Hospital and Sexual and Reproductive Health services and an ATFC – nutritional unit – in Al Wahda Hospital), and support one primary health care center in Beliel, an IDP camp on the outskirts of the city, where more than a thousand patients per week come to seek medical support. MSF teams have vaccinated more than 25,000 children under 2 in South Darfur as a catch-up campaign based on the supplies available. MSF was present in Nyala with the project coordination before the recent conflict but had to evacuate the team because of the volatile security situation.

South Jebel Marra mountains, South Darfur state, Sudan

We continue to respond in the South Jebel Marra mountains, where we provide primary and secondary care to communities living in hard-to-reach localities, cut off from health care provision. The team has been active in Kas hospital since October 2023, working in the maternity and paediatric wards, and providing support to improve the hospital’s hygiene and sanitation. We have also been present in Dili, Torung Tonga and Kalokitting – small villages in the mountains where we support outpatient consultations and malnutrition programs (which in Kalokotting also included inpatient care for a peak period when no other services existed). In these same locations, MSF teams have been offering sexual and reproductive health-related services and routine vaccinations for children.

Zalingei teaching hospital emergency department, Zalingei, Central Darfur state, Sudan. ©MSF
Patient waiting area of the Zalingei teaching hospital, Central Darfur state, Sudan. ©MSF

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