South Sudan Conflict: Violence Against Healthcare

Categories: Care.

The report is part of MSF’s Medical Care Under Fire project which was launched in South Sudan in November 2013. The initiative is part of a global project which seeks to better understand the nature of violence that healthcare providers face in conflict zones, to improve the security of patients, staff and healthcare facilities. In South Sudan, MSF works with communities, medical and humanitarian actors and authorities at local, national and international levels to create a safer environment for the provision of medical care.

The aim of the report is to encourage dialogue and raise awareness about the impact of the crisis on the provision of medical care, and encourage positive change towards ensuring safe access to healthcare for the people of South Sudan.

Hospitals have been ransacked in the towns of Bor, Malakal, Bentiu, Nasir and Leer, often during periods of heavy fighting. The damage goes far beyond the acts of violence themselves as vulnerable people are cut off from healthcare when they desperately need it.

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