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Expulsion of 13 relief agencies from Darfur could devastate health care

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b985 (Published 10 March 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b985
  1.  John Zarocostas
  1. 1 Geneva

     Sudan’s decision last week to expel 13 major voluntary relief agencies that provide humanitarian aid to many of the 4.7 million people in the Darfur region threatens the delivery of essential health care, UN officials and aid experts have warned.

    The decision to expel the agencies from Darfur and other areas in Sudan “will have immediate important repercussions in the immediate term, because in several locations in Darfur they have been the only health providers,” said Fadela Chaib, a spokeswoman for the World Health Organization.

    “Hundreds of thousands of people [will be] without access to any health services,” she told reporters on 6 March. “We are discussing and seeing how we can contain and fill the major gaps.”

    WHO has 10 …

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