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Tigray Crisis

More than three months into the crisis, MSF is deeply concerned about the humanitarian situation in Tigray. Hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to leave their homes after fighting broke out in early November, 2020, according to OCHA. As of mid-February, more than 60,000 people have crossed to Sudan as refugees, while many others are displaced within the region, staying in towns, remote areas or trapped between localised outbreaks of fighting

Humanitarian situation in Ethiopia

In the areas that MSF teams have been able to reach in Tigray, people have very limited access to basic services like food, clean water and shelter. Many health facilities that our teams have visited were also not functional, which has a devastating impact on people.

The scale of humanitarian needs remains alarming and the response on the ground is still extremely limited. It is crucial to restore essential life-saving services, including medical care, in Tigray to meet people´s basic needs.

We are calling for assistance to be scaled up, and for safe access for humanitarian organisations – including to places that are yet to receive aid since the start of the conflict.

 

Humanitarian situation in Sudan

As the crisis unfolded in Ethiopia, thousands of refugees have crossed the borders to Sudan, many crossing a river in search of safety and some walking several days after having fled with just the clothes on their back. Though numbers of people crossing have recently slowed, as of mid-February 2021, more than 60,000 refugees have been registered by the UN in Sudan.

Refugees in Sudan still don’t have proper access to basic needs such as shelter, water and food. All humanitarian actors need to step up their responses immediately to meet the population’s needs. Specifically the food situation in Hamdayet transit centre is a big concern.

Many of the refugees are shocked by the violence which they experienced or witnessed. Others have lost contact with family members who remained in Tigray region, worried about their wellbeing. This means mental health is a key part of the humanitarian response.

 

 

What is MSF doing? 

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MSF teams have been providing medical care to some of the most affected people in the Tigray region since mid-December 2020. Our teams have also donated emergency and essential supplies such as medications, oxygen and food for patients, and rehabilitated key services of badly damaged health facilities.

As of the end of February 2021, MSF teams are supporting five hospitals. We are also supporting health centres and are running mobile clinics in more than 25 places – his number changes each week as our teams try to expand their activities.

SUDAN
MSF teams are working at the border crossing point, and in two camps, providing medical care, health screening and health promotion. We are also providing mental health care. Our teams are currently building an inpatient clinic, with wards for men, women and children, where we will be able to treat malnourished children and care for pregnant women.

 

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Ethiopia: Tigray Crisis

People have been left without healthcare and tens of thousands have been displaced across Ethiopia and Sudan, following fighting that broke out in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia, in November 2020.

MSF teams are working on both sides of the border, providing assistance to people in refugees camps in Sudan, and to the displaced and host communities within Tigray in Ethiopia.

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Tigray Crisis

More than three months into the crisis, MSF is deeply concerned about the humanitarian situation in Tigray. Hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to leave their homes after fighting broke out in early November, 2020, according to OCHA. As of mid-February, more than 60,000 people have crossed to Sudan as refugees, while many others are displaced within the region, staying in towns, remote areas or trapped between localised outbreaks of fighting

Humanitarian situation in Ethiopia

In the areas that MSF teams have been able to reach in Tigray, people have very limited access to basic services like food, clean water and shelter. Many health facilities that our teams have visited were also not functional, which has a devastating impact on people.

The scale of humanitarian needs remains alarming and the response on the ground is still extremely limited. It is crucial to restore essential life-saving services, including medical care, in Tigray to meet people´s basic needs.

We are calling for assistance to be scaled up, and for safe access for humanitarian organisations – including to places that are yet to receive aid since the start of the conflict.

 

Humanitarian situation in Sudan

As the crisis unfolded in Ethiopia, thousands of refugees have crossed the borders to Sudan, many crossing a river in search of safety and some walking several days after having fled with just the clothes on their back. Though numbers of people crossing have recently slowed, as of mid-February 2021, more than 60,000 refugees have been registered by the UN in Sudan.

Refugees in Sudan still don’t have proper access to basic needs such as shelter, water and food. All humanitarian actors need to step up their responses immediately to meet the population’s needs. Specifically the food situation in Hamdayet transit centre is a big concern.

Many of the refugees are shocked by the violence which they experienced or witnessed. Others have lost contact with family members who remained in Tigray region, worried about their wellbeing. This means mental health is a key part of the humanitarian response.

 

 

What is MSF doing? 

ETHIOPIA

MSF teams have been providing medical care to some of the most affected people in the Tigray region since mid-December 2020. Our teams have also donated emergency and essential supplies such as medications, oxygen and food for patients, and rehabilitated key services of badly damaged health facilities.

As of the end of February 2021, MSF teams are supporting five hospitals. We are also supporting health centres and are running mobile clinics in more than 25 places – his number changes each week as our teams try to expand their activities.

SUDAN
MSF teams are working at the border crossing point, and in two camps, providing medical care, health screening and health promotion. We are also providing mental health care. Our teams are currently building an inpatient clinic, with wards for men, women and children, where we will be able to treat malnourished children and care for pregnant women.

 

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