Bashair Teaching Hospital located in southern Khartoum, one of very few hospitals that is operational in Khartoum and where the MSF surgical team works.
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MSF suspends surgery in Khartoum hospital as supplies remain blocked

On Thursday, October 19, 2023

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It is devastating to have to stop supporting life-saving surgical care at Bashair Hospital. Since mid-May, the hospital’s emergency room has received nearly 5,000 patients and MSF’s surgical team has performed more than 3,000 surgical procedures.

The needs are huge. Blocking the medication and materials needed to perform surgery deprives people of the healthcare they so desperately need,” said Shazeer Majeed, MSF surgical referent.

MSF started working alongside Ministry of Health staff and volunteers in Bashair Teaching Hospital in mid-May. Since 8 September, military authorities have refused permission for MSF to bring new surgical supplies from our warehouses in Wad Madani to hospitals in south Khartoum. MSF’s surgical supplies in Bashair hospital have now run out, making it impossible to continue surgical activities.

Emergency surgical team at Bashair Hospital in Khartoum, Sudan. May 2023

After weeks of discussions, on Sunday 1 October, we were informed that the military authorities in Wad Madani will no longer allow the transport of any surgical supplies, including for c-sections, to hospitals in south Khartoum. Despite repeated engagements with the health authorities since, these critical supplies remain blocked and stocks in the hospital are now depleted. We have no choice but to suspend our support to surgical activities at Bashair Teaching Hospital and temporarily withdraw our surgical team,” said Michiel Hofman, operations coordinator for Sudan.

We cannot ask our medical teams to stay when they can no longer provide life-saving care as they are medically obliged to do.”

MSF will continue to support maternal, emergency and outpatient care at Bashair hospital. For now, MSF continues to provide and support medical care at three other major hospitals in Khartoum and Omdurman, but some of these hospitals are also running out of supplies. Surgical supplies at the Turkish Hospital in south Khartoum, also affected by the blockage, are likely to run out within two weeks.

MSF continues to discuss with all authorities concerned to get these supply blockages removed. MSF is ready to resume its surgical activities when supply lines are restored.

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