JUBA – Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has established mobile clinics in South Sudan’s Maban County of Upper Nile State to provide healthcare to people in remote and hard-to-reach areas.
Azaad Alocco, MSF head of mission in South Sudan said the teams have already started running mobile clinics in Mahalia and Pumki.
Alocco added that said Mahalia and Pumki have been out of reach, due to long distances, difficult geographical terrain and intermittent violent clashes.
“Handing over our clinic in Doro doesn’t mean putting an end to our activities in Maban County,” said Alocco.
“With other organizations able to provide medical assistance to people in the camp, MSF has decided to focus on a more mobile and agile approach, in order to ensure that, even in the harder-to-reach areas, people can access free quality healthcare and that our teams can respond promptly to health emergencies.”
Over the years, hundreds of qualified staff, both South Sudanese and international, have worked for MSF in Maban County, providing medical services to thousands of people living in four camps of Doro, Batil, Gendrassa, and Jamam.
“In the past 10 years, MSF has carried out over one million outpatient consultations, assisted more than 21,700 deliveries, treated around 200,000 patients for malaria and almost 4,500 children for malnutrition,” says Mathias Goemaere, MSF field coordinator in Maban county.
“Although our work over the past decade in Maban has not been without its challenges, we always appreciated working with the local population and with the Ministry of Health and other partners. In the months ahead, we welcome their support in ensuring we are able to reach all communities in need through our new medical outreach program.”