South Sudan


Crisis update – August 2017: Tens of thousands of people in South Sudan have died and millions have been displaced since the eruption of conflict more than three years ago. Access to food, water and healthcare is a struggle and, in February 2017, famine was declared in parts of the country. MSF works in several regions and is concerned by the insufficient humanitarian assistance available. In July, an armed robbery at an MSF clinic in Pibor in the east of the country prompted MSF to partially withdraw its teams there and reiterate its call for all those involved in the fighting to respect international humanitarian law. The rainy season has begun, putting the population at risk of contracting malaria, one of the leading causes of sickness and death in South Sudan. Read more

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More than three years of ongoing conflict, which has included extreme violence against civilians, has forced millions of people across South Sudan from their homes.

Hundreds of thousands have been unable to access basic necessities such as food, water and primary and secondary healthcare for months at a time, and live in fear for their lives.

In 2016, MSF continued to respond to the urgent medical needs of people affected by violence and maintained its essential healthcare programmes across South Sudan, despite the growing challenges we face reaching those in greatest need. As insecurity and violence spread across the country, providing humanitarian assistance has become increasingly complex and, in some places, increasingly dangerous.


After fighting broke out in the capital, Juba, in July, MSF set up a surgical facility and ran mobile clinics across the city. In the first month, one outreach team treated 9,242 people for violence-related injuries and health problems caused by the deteriorating living conditions.

MSF staff also helped the Ministry of Health to set up and run a cholera treatment centre in Juba teaching hospital.

Read more about MSF's activities in South Sudan in 2016

Year MSF first worked in the country: 1983.


2016  Key figures
Outpatient consultations 934,400
Patients treated for malaria 313,500
Antenatal care consultations 55,400
Measles vaccinations in response to an outbreak 47,700
Routine vaccinations 25,100
Patients treated in feeding centres 14,300
Patients treated for cholera 1000
No. staff in 2016 3,683
Expenditure 2016 €86.9 million


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