South Sudan is the world's newest nation. The rural villages of South Sudan have suffered the effects of war for the past 30 years. Many of the residents in the villages returned from years in exile in refugee camps. They have no skills, no access to health facilities, no education and no economic opportunities. They have lost much of their ability to sustainably grow agriculture - despite the area being agriculturally rich due to its proximity to the Nile River and tributaries.
SUDEF's Kalthok Clinic provides access to basic health services and treatment of trauma, malaria, contagious disease and the spread of STD's. The new Maternal Health and Training Unit will provide training of traditional birth attendants, mothers and care takers in the community. They will practice improved techniques for child birth, improve hygiene, teach proper nutrition and identify high risk births for transport. This replicable model will drastically improve maternal and child health.
The community owns, operates and builds the projects themselves so they are heavily invested in their success. They have seen the clear health benefits and now are supporting the clinics - paying for staff and even medications when possible through fees for services, with a 3 year goal of self-sufficiency. This small health system serves as a magnet for economic development, with 15 small businesses already started up. 50 health workers will be trained over the next 3 years.