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.
Martha Primary Health Care Clinic – Episcopal Diocese of Yei
MAI is delighted to be partnering with Brickworks and Martha Primary Health Care Clinic in Yei, south-western South Sudan. Owned and run by the Episcopal Church of South Sudan, Diocese of Yei, the clinic is well-established and highly respected locally. It provides a range of much-needed services including therapeutic feeding, TB and HIV support, and a child immunisation programme.
Once nearly self-sustaining, Martha Clinic has been hit hard by hyperinflation, meaning few people can now afford to pay for healthcare. The roads around Yei are not safe to travel, so medical supplies must be transported under armed convoy. When this becomes too dangerous, they have to be flown in. This reduced income and increased cost means Martha Clinic is urgently in need of MAI’s support to maintain the lifeline it provides to local people.
Funds are currently being sought for a special cataract surgery camp to deliver life-changing operations for 100 patients. Read more here.
Yei is two hundred miles to the west of Kajo Keji, the location of Romogi Primary Health Care Centre,
Romogi Primary Health Care Centre – Diocese of Kejo Keji
Romogi Primary Health Care Centre was completed early 2017 and was the vision of Anthony Poggo, former Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Kajo Keji. Two weeks before its opening, however, fierce inter-tribal conflict forced local people to flee to neighbouring Uganda for safety. We are monitoring the situation and remain in contact with Kajo Keji Diocese staff currently living under refugee status in Uganda.
The Primary Health Care Clinic will serve the town and surrounding villages amounting to at least 25,000 people. It will lower maternal and infant mortality in the area as well as advancing health education and disease prevention.
The partnership with MAI has provided a new building, complete with solar power and borehole, medical equipment and furniture. and fund staff over a time-limited period. The building provides not only consultation space but house a laboratory and dispensary. These elements will assist with local sustainability.
When the community returns from exile the 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.
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,
MAI Board member, Dr John Gilbert, will be making a further visit to Goli during May. John is working closely with the local team heading up Goli Hospital and Yei Clinic to provide a continuing
Great news for Goli! With the arrival of the Congolese surgeon and the Glostavent anaesthetic machine, the County Health Department has officially recognised our Goli Partnership Project as a Hospital, upgrading it from a Primary