Ongoing violence continues in many parts of Sudan. Médecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) teams on the ground report that hospitals are overwhelmed and thousands are fleeing to safer areas. Already we are seeing immense humanitarian and medical needs.
In El Fasher, a large number of wounded people have arrived at the hospital MSF supports. Our teams are working round the clock to treat the injured – 404 people have so far made it to the hospital for treatment, which is now the only health facility that is operational in the city.
Thousands of people have fled from Khartoum to Wad Madani. MSF teams, including staff from Khartoum and from our project in Damazin, are assessing how we can best begin to respond to the needs there.
MSF supported facilities are also continuing to treat patients in Damazin, Blue Nile State, Omdurman, Khartoum State, in Kreinik and El Geneina, West Darfur, in Rokero, Central Darfur, Um Rakuba and in Gedaref state in east Sudan. We remain committed to providing much needed healthcare to people in Sudan, especially during these challenging moments. But to do so, we need to be able to ensure safety and security for our staff and patients.
After more than a week sheltering from heavy fighting in Sudan, some of our teams have relocated to safer locations, while there are plans for others to leave the country. Some staff have also relocated with their families to safer areas, often joining family members. We continue to keep in close contact with all team members, as far as is possible. The safety of our staff is a top priority, and we appreciate the support we received to safely relocate our teams.