This project establishes a mobile clinic which will significantly improve the well-being of the most vulnerable children of the slum areas of Juba, South Sudan, by 1) identifying and monitoring cases of severe malnutrition and providing nutrition complements to 500 children every week for one year; 2) raising awareness among 160 households on basic health/welfare-related issues; and 3) identifying and monitoring the most alarming cases of neglect and/or abuse for referral to social services.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
The children of the slum areas of Juba live in despicable conditions. They suffer from severe malnutrition, extremely poor hygiene, lack of basic healthcare, and sustained abuse. Children are dying on a weekly basis far away from public attention. The mobile clinic will offer a quick response as well as a sustainable solution to the urgent problem of acute malnutrition and neglect by providing food supplements and spreading vital information on health, nutrition and child welfare among families.
How will this project solve this problem?
The clinic will make sure that even the most vulnerable children of Juba have a future in the new nation. It will operate once a week for a period of one year in the most vulnerable slum of Juba. It will include a social worker, a nurse/nutritionist and a community mobilizer. The nutritionist will monitor the nutrition component of the project, the social worker will monitor and report on alarming cases, and the community mobilizer will organize the community awareness sessions.
Potential Long Term Impact
The project will directly benefit 500 very vulnerable children and will raise the awareness of 160 families on key basic health and hygiene issues, thus ensuring the children's survival and their long-term well-being. The project will be established in partnership with local governmental institutions and community-based organizations who work with local communities on a daily basis and understand the challenges on the ground, thus ensuring local ownership and sustainability.
This project has been retired and is no longer accepting donations.