An MSF team working alongside Sudanese staff and volunteers in one hospital in south Khartoum has treated 240 trauma patients in just over a week. Many of them have suffered gunshot wounds or injuries resulting from explosions, consistent with ongoing airstrikes and shelling in the built-up areas of the capital.
Since intense fighting broke out in the Sudanese capital Khartoum on 15 April 2023, and spread rapidly to other parts of the country, hospitals and health facilities have struggled to keep operating. Some have been badly damaged. Others are facing staff shortages after people fled or struggled to move around the city. The Bashair Teaching Hospital in south Khartoum was forced to close completely for a time.
“Doctors and nurses but also young people from the community made a decision to try to restart this hospital after it has closed and staff had left for their own safety. When the surgical team reached south Khartoum, we found a hospital where people are really working as hard as they can and taking risks. We’ve joined them hand-in-hand to try to bring healthcare and life-saving surgical care to the people in this area,” said Will Harper, MSF Emergency Coordinator.