UN says disruptions to health care in Darfur caused by expulsion of aid agencies may not be resolved

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 31 March 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1341
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

     Despite efforts to fill the gaps in aid left by the expulsion from Sudan of 13 major international voluntary agencies on 4 March, the risk of increased morbidity and mortality remains high in the country’s Darfur region, a joint report warns.

    “Up to 650 000 people currently do not have access to full health care,” concludes the report, which is based on an assessment on 11-19 March by United Nations and Sudanese government officials.

    The 13 expelled groups provided health care and nutrition aid to 840 000 people and food to 1.1 million people. The groups also managed 43 healthcare facilities, half of which still have major shortfalls in services, the report says.

    “The capacity to respond to health and nutrition emergencies has been affected as the …

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