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Sanofi Espoir Foundation responds to the humanitarian emergency in South Sudan

April 15th, 2014


Background

Since mid-December, there has been increasing political rivalry between President Salva Kiir and former Vice-President Riek Machar, and deadly violence has erupted in the country. Despite the signing of a cease-fire in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) on Thursday January 20, fighting continues and the humanitarian emergency situation has worsened. Both sides are struggling to control strategic cities such as Juba, Bor, Malakal and Bentiu.

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The conflict had already killed 10,000 people, plus thousands of wounded including a large number of women and children. In early April, it was estimated that over one million South Sudanese were forced to flee the conflict. There are now 254,000 refugees in neighboring countries such as Sudan, Uganda, Ethiopia and Kenya, and 803,000 have been displaced inside their countries. They are crammed into extremely makeshift camps or grouped around hospitals lacking equipment, medicine, food and medical staff. As the rainy season approaches, senior UN officials have expressed concern about the risk of a spread of waterborne diseases, while food insecurity is threatening four million South Sudanese.


Goal of the intervention plan

In response to this crisis, the Sanofi Espoir Foundation is supporting the AMREF intervention plan to help reduce mortality and morbidity due to sudden injuries resulting from the conflict and to improve the quality of life of survivors. The program aims to step up access to emergency care and surgical services for the war-wounded and displaced persons. AMREF actions will be rolled out in four hospitals in South Sudan (hospital in Juba, Bor, Malakal and Bentiu).

This response plan will aid 500 wounded by the end of August 2014 through surgery, emergency care and building capacities to receive and care for patients at these four hospitals.

About the partnership with AMREF

Considered the leading African public health NGO, the AMREF has been working in South Sudan since 1998. In addition to its support for humanitarian emergencies, the Sanofi Espoir Foundation has been an AMREF partner for five years through a pilot E-Learning training program for midwives which started in Uganda, and is now extending to Senegal. The Foundation also supports the "Stand Up for African Mothers" campaign