The World Health Organization revealed that 67% of Sudan’s hospitals are out of service four months after the start of the conflict. WHO spokeswoman Dr Margaret Harris said the organization had verified 53 attacks on health care, killing 11 people and injuring 38 others.
Disruptions in the health sector have deprived tens of thousands of people from accessing treatment, in addition to the closure of many dialysis centers due to lack of health supplies, putting thousands at risk. The ongoing outbreaks of measles, malaria and dengue fever are difficult to control in a context of insecurity, population displacement and laboratory closures.
She pointed out that more than 40% of the population suffers from hunger, and a third of children under the age of five suffer from malnutrition, which exposes them to disease. She expressed concern about the health situation in Darfur, where the conflict has caused more than 350,000 people to flee to Chad, with many injured, hospitals inaccessible and insecurity preventing aid from arriving. The organization is delivering medical supplies in 14 states to treat 130,000 people over a period of 3 months, providing treatment centers for children from malnutrition, and monitoring diseases.