The light shines in the darkness

Things are pretty grim in many parts of South Sudan. Everyone, from the President of the United States on down, has an opinion about what should be done, but bringing peace and order to this new nation, which began with such promise, is a pretty tall order. And what can the average person do? This: bring malaria treatment to a village that had none. Save lives where malaria deaths were high.
Waiting for malaria treatment at Wunlang Primary Care Center

Waiting for malaria treatment at Wunlang Primary Care Center

At a community meeting in 2013 we were urged to staff Wunlang clinic because deaths from malaria were so high.
Women and children wait outside Wunlang Primary Care Clinic, designed by our field manager Yel Madouk.

Women and children wait outside Wunlang Primary Care Clinic, designed by our field manager Yel Madouk.

Even when things look grim, we can provide some hope.
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Our primary-care center can administer malaria medicine that will bring patients back to health.

No matter what twists and turns take place in the country, we still are providing help to the villages of South Sudan.

Wunlang PHCC news

Yel delivers suppliesYel Maduok, our Wunlang area Field Manager, has been busy for several weeks overseeing the initial operations at the Wunlang Primary Health Care Center (PHCC). Here he helps deliver medical supplies to the clinic.

Bicycle deliveryOthers in the village deliver supplies by bicycle.

Our grant to the Wunlang PHCC has enabled the local team to acquire vital medicines and supplies. The building also got a fresh coat of paint – inside and out. Although the clinic was constructed over a year ago, operations were delayed until this summer when health workers in the area completed their training, and began running the clinic.

Medical suppliesThe building has 6 rooms. Here one of the rooms is used to store the newly acquired supplies.

Making bedsWe are hoping to raise the funds needed to provide the furniture and equipment this village health center needs to be fully operational. In the meantime. beds for overnight care are made with locally available materials.

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Wunlang Clinic – April 2013 Report

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As soon as the villagers of Wunlang built their school and clinic – with grant and management support from Village Help for South Sudan – the facilities have been used steadily for local operations as well as other groups and organizations that need a central, secure location for their programs. We were not surprised, therefore, but indeed delighted to hear this week that the clinic is now the base of operations for an organization distributing mosquito nets to the village of Wunlang and the vast remote area around it. All 12 “bomas” (villages) in Wunlang Payam (county sub-division), will reduce their malaria rates by using mosquito nets distributed from Wunlang Clinic!

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Although Wunlang is a remote rural village in South Sudan, it is at the center of a vast area of long-time residents as well as thousands of returnees – people who fled their homes many years ago to escape the war who are now returning to take up residence once again in their homeland now mostly at peace as an independent country.

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Statistics showing illnesses people are suffering from that bring them to a clinic are sad, but we are grateful that our grant support has enabled the clinic to provide the treatments for the month of April shown in this report to the Ministry of Health.

See more pictures from the Wunlang Clinic here..

Wunlang Clinic gets medical supplies and midwife kits!

As previous posts have documented, our support enabled the villagers in Wunlang to build their own small health center.

Stocking Clinic Supplies

A local citizen has returned to the village after receiving training and working as a nurse for a large international humanitarian aid organization. The community has selected him to run the small clinic. Here our field manager assists him in stocking medical supplies at the Wunlang Clinic.

When the program is fully implemented, patients will pay small fees for treatment to help sustain operations.

Midwife Kits

Midwife kits donated from St. Paul Lutheran Church in Arlington have also arrived in Wunlang. Here they are shown in bags after the original boxes were damaged in transit, and they had to be re-packaged in Juba. The kits are now in storage at the clinic and will be distributed as needed to delivering moms and their newborns.

Midwife Kits in Dispensary

Midwife kits are shelved with other supplies and medicines in the Wunlang Clinic dispensary.

Midwife Kit Training

Angong, our Program Coordinator and an experienced health worker, will provide training to the women of Wunlang to ensure the kits are used effectively. This is a picture of the the training session for the last shipment from St. Paul’s.

Midwife Kits have arrived in Juba!

Our friends at St. Paul Lutheran Church have supported Wunlang village in South Sudan for several years, starting with our Wunlang School project. Last year St. Paul’s coordinated fundraising and assembly for midwife kits for the Wunlang Health Center.

We are all happy to hear the news of the arrival of midwife kits (shipped several months ago) in Juba. Our Field Manager, Yel Maduok, is coordinating delivery of the kits to the women of Wunlang to help support safe deliveries and care for newborns.
Wunlang’s Traditional Birth Attendants have spoken passionately about the importance of the midwife kits and their appreciation for this gift.

A midwife kit includes a sheet, receiving blanket, towel, washcloth, soap, latex gloves, razor blade, and twine. The materials were laid out on tables for assembly. This year’s fundraiser generated 400 kits.

Each kit was sealed in a plastic bag, and the bags were boxed for shipping – by ocean and ground transportation – for their long journey to Wunlang.

When the shipment finally reaches Wunlang, our Program Coordinator, Angong Athian, will lead another workshop for the TBAs to learn about the midwife kits and their generous and compassionate friends at St. Paul’s.

The nurses are in!

At a village meeting under the trees, director Ron Moulton announced to the chiefs, elders, midwives, and all those attending that Wunlang Health Clinic had just hired two nurses and a registrar. It’s noLisa's trip January 2013 047w a Primary Health Care Unit, the first tier in health care in South Sudan.

 Santino Mayen is one of the two new nurses at Wunlang Clinic. He received his training from and worked for the non-profit organization Tearfund. At our meeting with him and the Wunlang leaders he showed us his medical-supply order, ranging from antibiotics and anti-malarials tLisa's trip January 2013 046o vinyl gloves.

Ron presented Santino with a blood-pressure cuff that a family member no longer needed. We are very happy that our clinic is so well staffed.

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Midwife Kits for Wunlang

Our friends at St. Paul Lutheran Church have supported Wunlang village in South Sudan for several years, starting with our Wunlang School project. Last week their latest fundraiser and social ministry culminated in the assembly of midwife kits that will shipped to the women of Wunlang to help support safe deliveries and care for newborns. Two years ago the St. Paul’s midwife kit project resulted in about 250 kits, shipping to the Wunlang village clinic, and a training workshop for the traditional birth attendants in the village. When I visited wunlang in February, the TBAs spoke passionately about the importance of the midwife kits and their appreciation for this gift. A midwife kit includes a sheet, receiving blanket, towel, washcloth, soap, latex gloves, razor blade, and twine. The materials were laid out on tables for assembly. This year’s fundraiser generated 400 kits. Each kit is sealed in a plastic bag, and the bags are boxed for shipping – in boxes donated by Gentle Giant Moving.