Kajo Keji, South Sudan
Romogi Primary Health Care Centre is almost built through MAI’s funding of this initiative of the Diocese of Kajo Keji. A recent grant from MAI will ensure solar power and borehole water pumping and storage. The picture below was taken mid-August 2016.
However, the value of the funds raised during Bishop Poggo’s most recent visit which appeared to be almost enough to complete the project has dropped as sterling has lost value against the dollar. This means that we need to raise an additional £20,000 as quickly as possible to purchase medical equipment and furniture so that the Centre can open later this year as planned.
If you could help, we have established a crowd funding page at http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/romogi-primary-health-care-centre. If you could help us to help South Sudan, you will be improving the life chances of a community of 23,000 people in and around Romogi. Thank you.
After years of war, South Sudan 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!
MAI’s Board agreed in December 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 £120,000.
To assist MAI in raising funds, Bishop Anthony Poggo will be visiting the UK each year. Any MAI Supporter interested in hosting an event with the Bishop should contact John Earwicker on 07766 255221.
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