WHO: There is very real risk of mass starvation in some regions of Sudan


People are dying from a lack of access to essential health services and medicines in Sudan, while there is a very real risk of mass starvation in some regions, Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Tedros Ghebreyesus said in his opening remarks at a media briefing in Geneva, Report informs.

“Sudan is the world’s largest humanitarian crisis, with 12 million people displaced: 10 million internally, while 2 million have fled to neighboring countries. More than 70% of hospitals in conflict-affected states, and 45% of health facilities in another five states are not working, and the remaining ones are overwhelmed with people seeking care,” he said.

According to Ghebreyesus, disruptions to telecommunications are affecting disease surveillance and reporting, as well as our ability to verify attacks on health: “We call for a swift restoration of telecommunication access across all of Sudan.”