These 48 health students (right) are ‘so close – and yet so far’ to becoming qualified health professionals who could make a real difference to mothers, children and families in South Sudan. Just 7 months away from their graduation, the ICMDA National Institute of Health Sciences is struggling for funding.
1 in 28 women die in childbirth in South Sudan, but one trained midwife could deliver 75 babies a month, one trained clinical officer could treat 450 people a month. Imagine the possibilities if this is multiplied across the 48 students over many years, and God-willing, across hundreds more trained health workers as the Institute continues.
The students have overcome tremendous odds, growing up in war-torn Sudan, experiencing great loss, seeing much suffering, then adjusting to life in a new country and dealing with a heavy work-schedule at the NIHS in Uganda. However they have risen to the challenge and are now flourishing in lectures and in practical placements.
Dr Anil Cherian, Director of the NIHS, says:
“From the feedback we have got from their clinical supervisors, these students are doing extremely well. They’re able to apply their science into clinical skills and, so far, there’s been tremendous feedback. We are confident that when they come up to their qualifying exams, they’ll do really well.”
It would be great tragedy if these students could not complete their training because of lack of funding. AID has agreed to raise £20,000, which, combined with other donors, will enable the students to complete their training and graduate in May 2017. Just £20 from you could help raise enough to cover this target.
“I’m confident that if we’re able to continue to train clinical officers and midwives we will be able to drastically reduce the maternal mortality rate (1 in 28 women) at least by 50% in the next 10 years.” Dr Anil Cherian
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Student profile: Lillian
”I’ve seen very many people in South Sudan suffering, others dying when giving birth, children are suffering of malnutrition, others are not even being immunised. So I felt like I should also be one of the persons who could serve those people” Lillian – trainee midwife.