A new children’s ward has opened in the Episcopal Church of the Sudan’s Martha Clinic, which is based in the southern town of Yei. With grim prospects for children in South Sudan, where 1 in 7 children die before they are 5, AID is extremely glad to see this project developing.
The existing children’s ward, which provides excellent care, has 11 beds but was often stretched to its limits, with over 20 children needing hospital care at any one time. Anglican International Development has helped towards the construction of the ward, which will provide an extra 20 beds.
AID regularly supports the Martha Clinic, which is equipped with an outpatient department, a laboratory, a pharmacy, an ante natal unit, the children’s ward and an eye clinic. The clinic sees an average of 4,000 patients a month, more than the local government hospital!
The lack of doctors, health workers and health facilities in South Sudan is a huge issue: ‘There are about 1,000 Primary Healthcare Centres in South Sudan, and I would say that 70% don’t have any personnel at all,’ says Dr Anil Cherian, Director of the ICMDA National Institute of Health Sciences, which is training health workers for South Sudan. AID is keen to see the development of more centres like the church-run Martha Clinic, working steadily and faithfully to change these statistics.
Since 2006, the clinic has been greatly supported and developed through the work of John and Poppy Spens. Visit www.thebrickworks.org.uk to find out more about their work.