Posted by: africanpressorganization | 19 June 2012

DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS/MÉDECINS SANS FRONTIÈRES (MSF) / SOUTH SUDAN PRESS TELECONFERENCE / TUESDAY, JUNE 19, 2012, 11:30 AM EST / 18:30 SWITZERLAND CET


 

 

DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS/MÉDECINS SANS FRONTIÈRES (MSF) / SOUTH SUDAN PRESS TELECONFERENCE / TUESDAY, JUNE 19, 2012, 11:30 AM EST / 18:30 SWITZERLAND CET

 

GENEVA, Switzerland, June 19, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ — MSF Warns of Medical Emergency in Overcrowded Refugee Camps in South Sudan

WHAT:

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) field staff will describe the medical crisis in South Sudan’s Upper Nile State, where tens of thousands of refugees fleeing fighting in Sudan are facing a full-blown humanitarian crisis. Access to water is extremely limited, malnutrition rates are at emergency levels, refugees are dying daily from a lack of water, adequate medical care, and shelter as they seek refuge in already-overcrowded camps.

MSF is purifying and distributing water at various locations in Upper Nile State, but available water sources will soon run out.

WHEN:

Tuesday, JUNE 19, 2012 at 11:30 AM EST 18:30 Switzerland CET

 

WHY:

Refugees arriving in Upper Nile and Unity State are encountering overflowing camps where basic, life-sustaining supplies and services are unavailable, and where aid workers are struggling to provide enough water for the 70,000 refugees already in the area. Despite efforts by a few aid organizations in the camps, conditions and facilities are wholly inadequate for both existing populations in the camps and the increasing influx of new arrivals. The start of the rainy season adds to the urgency.

 

Background:

http://doctorswithoutborders.org/news/article.cfm?id=6079&cat=voice-from-the-field

http://doctorswithoutborders.org/press/release.cfm?id=6071&cat=press-release


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