WHO appalled by horrific attack on maternity hospital in El Fasher — Global Issues

The attack on the only maternity hospital in a town in Sudan’s western North Darfur state was “shocking and appalling”, the World Health Organization said.Who) on Sunday called on warring parties to “ensure that mothers and children are always protected and have safe access to medical care” in the war-torn African country.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the Saudi Maternity Hospital was “the only hospital that has been providing maternal and child health care in El Fasher.”

The development comes after more than 14 months of fighting between rival forces in Sudan.

Media reports said a hospital in El Fasher, the capital of Darfur and home to hundreds of thousands of people displaced by the war, had been “bombed by emergency response forces.”

Killed at work

The UN resident humanitarian coordinator in Sudan, Clementine Nkweta Salami, provided further details about the death of pharmacist Amna Ahmed Bakhit. “She was killed in the course of her work, prescribing and administering medicines to women, men and children in a place that should be safe,” the country’s top UN official said. In X’s post.

“Every soul lost in this senseless war – by bullets and bombs, by hunger and disease – takes Sudan an inevitable step away from the peace we all want,” Nkweta Salami added, calling for an end to the brutal fighting.

“Mothers and babies must be protected at all times and have safe access to health care, and health workers must be able to do their jobs safely,” WHO’s Tedros stressed, noting that despite the attacks, hospitals have continued to function thanks to the dedication of staff working in poor conditions.

Since May 10, the city of El Fasher has been the scene of fierce fighting between the former allies who were at war 14 months ago.

Food shortages caused by fighting in 12 of Sudan’s 18 states have led to growing calls from the United Nations and the international community in recent weeks to prevent the country from spiraling into a humanitarian catastrophe that could push millions into starvation.

WFP steps up aid

Parts of the population in Khartoum, Darfur and Kordofan states continue to be deprived of food and medical assistance, and malnutrition among children in Sudan is a growing concern for the UN Children’s Fund.UNICEF).

Approximately 9 million children face severe food insecurity.

World Food Programme (World Food Programme) food security analysis has identified 44 hunger hotspots in Sudan, mainly in fighting-hit areas of Khartoum, Kordofan, Darfur and Gezira, where 2.6 million people are at high risk of falling into the fifth extreme stage of hunger. Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC 5).

In response, UN emergency food agencies are stepping up their efforts to stem the famine. WFP is prioritizing these areas, providing food assistance to 22 severely famine-hit areas since January.

UN agencies said they have reached more than three million people with assistance and plan to reach another five million through general food assistance, nutrition, school feeding and recovery activities throughout the year.

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