Photo: Dr. Mukesh/International Medical Corps 2012
Ongoing conflict and rising hunger levels are driving tens of thousands of refugees into Upper Nile State from the north. UNHCR predicts an additional 40,000 refugees will be crossing the border over the next month.
Cases of malnutrition among refugees are high and the situation is becoming urgent. Many refugees come with stories of 15-day treks across the border, where they were forced to eat leaves and insects to survive. The fear is that the severely malnourished aren’t getting the immediate care they need to survive, while moderate cases will deteriorate without interventions.
We are deploying an emergency response team to assess the situation and provide emergency health and nutrition services. To date, International Medical Corps has treated 3,107 patients over the course of 15 days and made 15 referrals to the Juba Teaching Hospital for advanced care. With support from UNFPA and the local Ministry of Health, International Medical Corp has also been hosting an antenatal care clinic, which has reached 67 pregnant women. On May 28 our staff delivered the first baby in the clinic, a healthy baby boy.
We promise to keep you updated on our response as the situation unfolds.
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