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.

Goli Surprise

Hellen is the wife of the Goli Head Man, living directly across the road from Goli Hospital. She was admitted to the ward suffering with acute diarrhoea and abdominal pains. She had been unwell at

Patient stories from Goli

Michael Bidali Michael lives 5 miles from Goli Hospital which is his nearest health facility. He travels to Goli on bicycle on a regular basis. Michael (pictured above) told us: “I believe I am probably

Andia Juma

Nurse Joseline told us about Andia: “Andia is a 21 year old man from Tore. He was vomiting blood, had pain in his chest and was feeling very dizzy. He had been treated in Tore

Patients at Goli : Michael Bidali

Michael lives 5 miles from Goli Hospital which is his nearest health facility. He travels to Goli on bicycle on a regular basis. Michael told us: “I believe I am probably over 60 years old

MAI South Sudan Tour

Singer/songwriter, Luke Leighfield, and Thomas McNeil, recently returned from Yei, are joining MAI’s John Earwicker in a whistle stop tour of Scottish venues with a fast moving multi-media evening aimed to motivate and engage young

New Recognition for our South Sudan Partner

We are delighted to report that our Partner in South Sudan has been able to reach a Partnership Agreement with the Government of South Sudan (GoSS) which fully recognises their medical work for the country,