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SOUTH SUDAN: MSF BRIEFING ON WORSENING HUMANITARIAN CRISIS AND INADEQUATE AID RESPONSE

Posted by African Press International on March 27, 2014

GENEVA, Switzerland, March 26, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ PRESS TELECONFERENCE ON SOUTH SUDAN / THURSDAY, MARCH 27, 2014, 3 PM GMT

WHAT: Update on the inadequate aid response to the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan three months after the outbreak of violence in the country, and ahead of the looming rainy season. MSF officials will describe the alarming conditions for hundreds of thousands of displaced persons and South Sudanese refugees, who are largely cut off from life-saving medical assistance. The following critical issues will be addressed:

•    The overall lack of response by the aid system, exemplified by large proportions of displaced people receiving little-to-no assistance, including in the overcrowded and now flooded Tomping IDP camp in Juba, run by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan

•    The lack of protection of civilians and the lack of respect for medical facilities, as illustrated by recent killing of patients in their hospital beds and the looting and destruction of hospitals

•    The overall lack of adequate logistical capacity and aid organisation flexibility in response to alarming indicators, including malnutrition, ahead of the annual rainy season

•    The regional impact of refugees pouring into Ethiopia, Kenya, and Uganda

WHEN: Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 11 AM EDT (New York) / 3 PM GMT (London) / 6 PM EAT (Nairobi)

WHO:

Jerome Oberreit, MSF international secretary general, who recently returned from South Sudan

Chris Lockyear, MSF operations manager for South Sudan

CALL IN DETAILS:

International: +1-703-639-1360

No code required; an operator will greet all participants

If you require assistance during the conference, press *0 for the operator

A moderated Q&A will follow MSF staff presentations

 

SOURCE

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)

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