Medicines shortages put young lives at risk in Omilling South Sudan!
Shelves in Loheru health post is empty, and sick patients are forced to travel long distances to receive medical treatment in Omilling, where basic medications can mean the difference between life and death.
Charles Loki (local chief) is already familiar with the gaps plaguing the healthcare system in his area of south Sudan. He, like many others, faces long walks to the nearest healthcare facility, only to wonder whether he’ll be turned away due to drug shortages.
When Loki gets sick, he must walk about 35 miles to Magwi County Healthcare facility. “I feel bad that I have to walk for miles to get treatment”, he says.
“And even when I get there, sometimes I am told there no drugs and therefore referred to Torit State hospital, which is even farther.”
With donations from GlobalGiving we buy medicines which we supply to the health post then distribute to sick patients. On July 8 we supplied the health post with medication to treat 50 people for skin infections.
We still need your help so we provide ongoing supplies of medicines to safe children, women, and men from dying in Omilling.
Thanks to our donors! Thanks to GlobalGiving for sharing our project with kind people! Without YOU - Hope Ofiriha will not be able to help women and children.
In the next 3 months new updates will be posted, and we will also report on how your contributions are impacting the lives of people in Omilling south Sudan.
UPDATE: Due to the overwhelming support of GlobalGiving’s donors, we’ve raised our funding goal to $10,993 to save even more mothers and babies.
I am over joyed to report that GlobalGiving’s participation in our rally to throw a baby shower for our Onura clinic in South Sudan has raised nearly over $9,533 so far in less than a week.
Our Onura Maternal Survival Project has gone from being one of our least supported projects on GlobalGiving to being fully funded (between May 2010 and last Monday July 18, donors had only given $840).
The donated money will buy 6 delivery beds and kits to cover six villages. The delivery facilities will save the lives of hundreds of mothers and babies (right now, one in five mothers in Onura die in childbirth). It also will fund the training of midwives to deal with childbirth complications. Any additional money will be used to buy the maternity pads, sterile gowns, gloves, and birthing mats.
Thank you GlobalGiving! Thank you Global Giving donors! Thanks to the world to stand behind the Onura women!
In the next 3 months new updates will be posted, and we also will report on how your contributions are impacting the lives of women and their new babies at Onura.
Hope Ofiriha has purchased 30 bags (50Kg) of cement with the donated money by our GlobalGiving donors. These cements are in the stores awaiting the construction to start soon.
Work on the Mario Primary School—which will give hope to war orphans, former child soldiers, and other vulnerable children in Omilling village—is racing along! I recently met with Astrid Rohde Wang and Olav Lunde Arneberg, two students from The Oslo School of Architecture and Design, who have volunteered to redesign the school’s structure at village Standard.
For several months nothing was happening on the project, keeping the door closed for hundreds of vulnerable children to ever receive an education. Behind the scenes, the Hope Ofiriha team was busy working to find out why this valuable cause is failing to attract support.
The draft plan taken to Omilling village in February had to be changed after we consulted with the Education Ministry at Torit. By March 15, we had a full set of revised plans. Also, 65 percent of our supporters said the current “designed school structure” is not good at the village level, so they were hesitant to support it.
Besides redesigning the school structure, Astrid and Olav will travel to Omilling village in August 10 to meet with villagers and study the physical features of the donated plot where the school will be built. They want to make sure the villagers are involved in the design process so they have ownership of the project from day one. The two students will redesign the structure to meet the local physical conditions, and the final product will reflect Omilling village’s living standards.
We also plan to break the Mairo Primary School project on GlobalGiving into phases to garner more support.
Our fingers are crossed all these changes will keep the recent momentum up. Not only did we find the two new volunteers this month, the Technology Development and Advisory Unit at the University of Zambia donated a hand-press interlocking soil block machine to build the Mario Primary School. Good news!
Thanks to the University of Zambia and big thanks to Astrid and Olav for connecting Hope Ofiriha with The Oslo School of Architecture and Design!