Sudan, Medecins Sans Frontieres unite to enhance access to quality healthcare services

SUDAN – The Sudanese Ministry of Health and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), commonly known as Doctors Without Borders, have partnered to assist healthcare professionals working at a clinic in South of Khartoum in the delivery of patient care, MSF said on its website.

Sudan’s Ministry of Health and MSF join forces following concerns about an estimated 1.6 million residents and South Sudanese refugees living in Jebel Aulia locality, south of Khartoum struggling to access basic healthcare and adequate water and sanitation services.

MSF announced that in response, teams from Médecins Sans Frontières are now providing support to a clinic in the Al-Rasheed neighborhood in the locality of Jebel Aulia, where they have already treated nearly 4,000 patients since July.

MSF revealed that the Al-Rasheed clinic was facing shortages of medications as well as issues with water and waste management while confirming that the organization is providing training for medical staff in the facility on early detection of outbreaks and emergency interventions.

In addition, MSF’s work is focusing on improving access to clean water in the facility and surrounding area as well as launching a disease surveillance system in the communities to keep people healthier and mitigate against any future outbreaks.

The international humanitarian medical non-governmental Organisation is also working alongside partners to provide basic healthcare and free emergency care, maternal and mental health care to all patients coming to the facility.

According to Médecins sans Frontières, for seriously ill patients who require admission to hospital, a referral system has been set in place, so they can be transferred to facilities in Khartoum if needed to benefit residents in surrounding areas.

Assane Compaore MSF Head of Mission in Sudan said: “MSF is now supporting the Al-Rasheed clinic and providing free healthcare services for people of all ages and to fill the existing gap in order to reduce illness and deaths in the community.”

The MSF chief further said that teams from Médecins Sans Frontières are seeing a rise in infection especially respiratory tract infections, urinary tract infections and gastrointestinal diseases among patients, which highlights basic healthcare needs in the area.

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