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Lives Saved Through Local Clinics


Although AAHI has been working in South Sudan’s health sector since the 1980’s, a recent three-year contract with the Multi-Donor Trust Fund (MDTF) through the Regional Healthcare Programme, has increased support to the fledging health care system in Yei and Morobo Counties in Central Equatorial State.

AAH South Sudan’s Basic Package of Health Services (BPHS) is one the main health progammes in South Suda. The project goal is to sustain better health of individuals, families and communities in Morobo, Yei, Maridi and Ibba Counties through enhancing quality of healthcare services, in collaboration with the government and other key stakeholders.


Currently, there are 34 community health facilities in the two counties that are being supported by AAH SS. These centers serve close to 1,500 people daily particularly women and children.


Noota Amitai, Commisioner of Morobo County, commends AAH South Sudan’s continued presence in the region, supporting the health and agriculture sectors.


“I have seen remarkable improvements in our health sector and we the people of Morobo are grateful to AAH SS for working with the local community in this achievement.” Amitai acknowledges.


Stories of gratitude from community members who have been saved from extreme illness pour from the mouths of community members thanks to the well functioning health facilities.


Mary Ropan’s close call came during her eighth pregnancy when she almost bled to death is one such story. “If it was not for the quick actions of the clinical officer at Yarbe where I was brought after eight hours of labor, I would have lost my life,” She said.


Or the story of Helen Bakowho’s first-born son survived a bout of severe malaria after treatment in Morobo.


AAH SS supports the facilities to provide both curative and preventative services to over 200,000 people. Key services provided include out and in patient care, antenatal and newborn care, labs, pharmacy, immunizations, VCT counseling (HIV/Aids), and Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMCTC) counseling,


AAH SS works together with the County health departments to build capacity to handle provision of these services while integrating community ownership. As one health worker stated, “It’s a partnership with the government, we share the needs of the community and AAH are the facilitators.”


Even with the assistance of the project, there are still many needs especially in the more remote areas. Mary Mickaya, Clinical Health Officer for the Ombasi PHCU says lack of proper transport during emergencies is one such critical need.


“Many times mothers develop complications during delivery and we are unable to handle such cases,” Michaya said. “We have no choice but to send them by motorcycle to the nearest hospital which is several miles away.” She goes on to demonstrate how the mother has to sit during the journey to protect the child that is already half way out.


Lack of accommodation for staff at the health facilities and inadequate staff are other challenges in some of the areas. The staff often commute long distances to return to their homes or to locations where they can access available accommodation.


Rose Ayule, wife to Mr. Amitai, the Commissioner of Morobo has been a frequent patient to the Morobo health clinic for years. She remembers a complicated pregnancy and the care that she received from one of AAH’s supported facilities which has made her maintain a cordial relationship with the health team that has watched her child grow.


“These people don’t sleep,” Ayule said, referring to the health team. “They are always moving and serving us and we would like their issues dealt with. They’re really struggling.”


Elada Yabu, another community member, insisted on making sure previous and future donors knew how much the clinics have changed their lives.


“Before there was no hospital nearby so people had to travel very far for medical treatment and many died on the way. We give thanks to the staff and the donors for supporting us.”


Although the main project is coming to an end mid this year, AAH South Sudan is still committed to continuing supporting these facilities and is looking for more founding.





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