Anthonio, a 57-year-old man, lives in Tambura County, South Sudan, with twelve family members in one home. Five of those twelve are children, and the family farms to support themselves. Money is still tight, and he often takes odd jobs to earn a little extra money.
Life in the region is not easy. Malaria, acute diarrhea, and intestinal parasites are all common in Tambura, especially during the rainy season. The weather takes a toll on the community – last year, a storm destroyed the nearby health center, the Mabia Primary Health Clinic Clinic. Anthonio joined his community in working out a solution – they constructed a temporary hut where health care workers could still see patients, but the clinic had little resources to treat the ill and injured that came to them. The South Sudan Ministry of Health did initially supply some drugs for the makeshift clinic, but the shipments were sporadic and soon there were no drugs to provide to the patients.
Given the distance to the next nearest health facility in the town of Tambura, and on the stretch of badly maintained roads, Anthonio’s family and community had no access to healthcare to treat the diseases that run rife through much of South Sudan.
This is where International Medical Corps stepped in – our South Sudan team assessed the clinic’s damage and immediately got to work before the next rainy season came around. The clinic was rebuilt and furbished with desperately needed equipment such as a solar-powered cold-chain refrigerator. Without this refrigerator, the clinic would not have a way to store lifesaving vaccines.
Additionally, International Medical Corps subsidized treatments at Mabia Clinic, ensuring the community could access health care without concern to cost. Finally, vulnerable families like Anthonio’s were able to access treatment. When his son was ill with a diarrheal disease, he brought him to the clinic for immediate care and medication. His other children also come for check-ups, too. “My own situation has improved,” he says, “now that all the children in Mabia are able to get vaccines.”
Much of the health system in South Sudan is overloaded and understaffed, lacking in trained personnel and supplies. International Medical Corps works in several regions of South Sudan, providing primary health care, HIV/AIDs prevention and treatment, children’s and women’s health, and reproductive health services. International Medical Corps is building capacity through the support and expansion of health centers as well as through training community health workers and providing basic health education for the general populace.
Your support relieves suffering and saves lives in South Sudan through initiatives like the rehabilitation and support of Mabia Clinic. Your donations rebuild clinics, train midwives, purchase vaccines and educate communities. We thank you for your generosity– because of you, we are able to care for families like Anthonio’s in the world’s most vulnerable, difficult-to-reach places.
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