Since South Sudan gained independence in 2011, ongoing conflict with Sudan and an escalating refugee crisis has left innocent civilians with very limited access to medical care. AmeriCares has responded with funding to rehabilitate three health clinics serving 14,000 survivors, along with emergency medical aid shipments to help another 30,000 people.
The crisis has prompted a massive influx of refugees and returning South Sudanese citizens to overcrowded camps with limited sanitation and little access to basic medical care. Our disaster response team deployed to the country to ensure that the emergency aid reached partners in areas with the most urgent needs.
Health clinic rehab: In Renk, we are funding the rehabilitation of three clinics providing primary health care to approximately 14,000 returnees and residents. The rehabilitation effort helps partners improve treatment of diarrheal diseases, medical waste management, hygiene and sanitation, and health education. Additional enhancements include the installation of examination tables and waiting room benches.
Emergency Medical Modules: 20,000 South Sudanese people who have returned to their native country have sought refuge in transit camps in the town of Renk, and another 13,000 have settled in the Gendrassa camp, located on remote swampy flood plain. Our medical aid shipments have replenished dwindling stocks of antibiotics, medicines and wound care supplies, enabling caregivers to help thousands of patients suffering from serious infections, malaria, injuries, pain and disease.
“The sounds of coughing and crying children persist in these camps, where respiratory illnesses can be worsened by the wet conditions,” explained Karl Erdmann, emergency response manager at AmeriCares. “These medicines can make a life-saving difference to this vulnerable population.”
AmeriCares has also purchased a portable warehouse to help our partner meet the logistical challenges of working in such a remote and rugged location.
South Sudan already was one of the world’s poorest and under-developed nations with little infrastructure and few hospitals or health centers. Amid the violence and instability in this troubled region, AmeriCares remains committed to helping the people of South Sudan as long as our support is needed.