South Sudan – Kajo Keji

MAI has funded the building of Romogi Primary Health Care Clinic which will serve the town and surrounding villages amounting to at least 25,000 people.  The facility is nearing completion as the photo below shows.  Our grants have provided the full building cost, solar power, borehole water pumping and storage as well as medical equipment and furniture.  The Centre is the vision of Anthony Poggo, former Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Kajo Keji.

Clinic with solar panels

Romogi Primary Health Care Centre is to open soon.  Despite the fall in the value of sterling, MAI has been able to raise all of the funds necessary to complete the building.  Currently, the expectation is that the Centre will be opened towards the end of February.

The anticipated cost of the building and amenities had been almost entirely raised by the middle of 2016.  However, the dramatic fall in the value of sterling meant that we were at least £20,000 short – almost overnight.  For the first time, we created a Crowdfunding Appeal.  This brought in a good amount but was short of the £20,000 needed.  However, we received a substantial gift from Abingdon School where the boys completed sponsored half marathons and adopted MAI as one of the beneficiaries.  Thank you to them and to each of the people who responded to the Crowdfunding Appeal.

The new facility will be staffed through further MAI support which we expect to be for a period of two years until the income generating stream activities begin to bear fruit.  These include charges for pharmacy and laboratory services to other institutions as well as an agreed cost sharing plan with the local community.  Regular support to meet this two year commitment are welcome.

The Background

MAI’s Board agreed in December 2014 to develop a new Partnership Project in South Sudan. The aim is to restore a Community Health Clinic that was badly affected during the war prior to the establishment of the new nation. It will be rebuilt in Romogi in the Diocese of Kajo Keji, Central Equatoria.

The previous Health Centre was part of a mission compound with a church and school as well. The church and school have been rebuilt under the leadership of the Bishop – Anthony Poggo – who formerly headed ACROSS – a South Sudan organisation committed to holistic community transformation. The last part of the jigsaw is the Health Centre.

The Partnership Project will provide a new building, complete with solar power and borehole, and fund staff over a time-limited period. The aim of this Primary Health Care Unit will be the lowering of maternal and infant mortality in the area as well as advancing health education and disease prevention. The building will provide not only consultation space but house a laboratory and dispensary. These elements will assist with local sustainability. The building will cost in the region of £125,000.

Bishop Anthony Poggo has visited the UK to help raise these funds by sharing what is happening in South Sudan and the work of community development that the church – as a trusted civil society partner – is pioneering. A new Bishop has been appointed and future visits ma be arranged.  Any MAI Supporter interested in hosting an event with the Bishop in future should contact John Earwicker on 07766 255221.

Background to South Sudan

Sudan has seen two horrendous civil wars between the Muslim peoples of the north and the animist and Christian peoples of the south.  In 2011, South Sudan gained independence, being established as the world’s newest nation.  However, it has just 1 doctor per 100,000 people! 1 in 7 mothers die of pregnancy related causes. And with less than 100 kilometres of tarmac in the whole country, access to basic healthcare is exceedingly challenging! The video shows what was achieved with our previous partnership project in Goli, South Sudan.

Romogi Clinic – thanks and update

The Primary Health Care Centre that MAI funded in Romogi, South Sudan had to close its doors when inter-tribal conflict broke out in Kajo Keji County and most people fled to refugee camps in Uganda. 

Primary Health Care Centre almost ready!

Poppy Spens - a nurse who has served in South Sudan and  MAI Board member - will fly to South Sudan in February to witness the opening of the Romoggi Primary Health Care Centre in

New Clinic at ring beam height for Christmas!

Taken on 14 December, this picture shows that the Romogi Primary Health Care Clinic (PHCC) has reached ring beam level. The builders have done brilliantly well to press on, even though the MAI funds were

Ground broken for Romogi Clinic!

The groundbreaking event for the construction of Romogi Primary Health Care Centre was held on 30th September 2015 at 11:00am. Pictured above is the Bishop of Kajo Keji's representative giving thanks and praying for the

Bishop’s thanks for UK support for Clinic!

Bishop Anthony Poggo of the Diocese of Kajo Keji was deeply moved and grateful for the support he received recently during his brief visit to the UK.  He was seeking prayers and donations to get

Well done! 100 mile Bike Ride for Clinic completed!

Andy, Ken, Martin and Steve and last minute friends completed their 100 mile bike ride on Saturday 20th June to raise funds for a new Clinic in Romogi, South Sudan.  You can still sponsor them