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EMERGENCY Calls on Parties to Conflict in Sudan to Respect Health Facilities

Monday, April 24, 2023

EMERGENCY is deeply concerned about the ongoing fighting in Khartoum and throughout Sudan, and calls on all parties to the conflict to respect our health facilities and recognise hospitals as safe zones. Our hospitals and clinics are neutral places where we treat anyone in need, without discrimination.

At the Salam Centre for Cardiac Surgery in Soba Al Hilla, Khartoum, many patients can only survive with constant monitoring and assistance by both staff and machinery. Any interference with the medical care being provided would endanger their lives.

“These are extremely difficult and tense days in Sudan, but we appeal to all parties to respect our health facilities and the lives of our patients. We have treated more than 770,000 patients in Sudan since 2004, always according to the humanitarian principle of neutrality,” says Franco Masini, Medical Coordinator at the Salam Centre for Cardiac Surgery.

EMERGENCY is an international humanitarian organisation that provides free, high-quality care to people affected by conflict and poverty. The organisation has been present in Sudan since 2004, where it has treated over 770,000 patients. EMERGENCY operates the Salam Centre for Cardiac Surgery (Soba Al Hilla, Khartoum) and Paediatric Clinics in Port Sudan (Red Sea State), Nyala (South Darfur) and Mayo (Khartoum).

Founded in 1994, EMERGENCY has treated 12 million people in 20 different countries and currently operates in Afghanistan, Eritrea, Iraq, Italy, Sierra Leone, Sudan and Uganda.