Charity warns of chronic medical shortages in S-Sudan

Nairobi—Chronic shortages of essential medical supplies are worsening an already dire humanitarian situation in war-torn South Sudan, the charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) warned Thursday. It said aid agencies and international donors had failed to address the shortages, putting additional lives at risk in a country where civil war has killed tens of thousands and left millions homeless and starving.
“On top of this already dire humanitarian situation, an additional and preventable medical emergency is unfolding,” MSF president Joanne Liu wrote in an open letter.
Liu said there were “unacceptable and devastating outages of drugs throughout the country” after a donor-backed programme known as the Emergency Medicines Fund was handed over to the government and subsequently collapsed.—APP

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