South Sudan has one of the highest disease burdens in the world. Children die needlessly of treatable and preventable diseases like tuberculosis, malaria and the parasitic disease kala-azar.
By providing sanitation, hygiene, and vitally needed medical facilities, ASMP and our partner Dr. Jill Seaman can provide proper health care so that the people in the region have the hope to live healthy, prosperous lives.
It all started with a clinic. We began plans in 2008, and by 2013 we completed a brand new primary health care clinic for Dr. Jill and her team in Old Fangak.
The clinic was a huge improvement on the crumbling structure that treated thousands of patients annually. Powered entirely by solar energy, the clinic is efficient and sustainable.
TB & Infectious Disease Clinic
South Sudan has one of the highest rates of tuberculosis (TB) and infectious diseases in the world, and a dire lack of resources to tackle the urgent problem.
The current “clinic” to treat tuberculosis is nothing more than a few tables under a tree in Old Fangak. Yet they dozens of patients each day with a complicated treatment regimen that takes months. As a result, Dr. Jill is challenged to adequately maintain a hygienic, functional facility that offers the ability to properly quarantine and treat sick patients.
We began construction on the TB/ID Clinic in November of 2013, but just a month into breaking ground civil war erupted, and we were forced to evacuate. Since that time the Nile, our only option for transporting construction materials, has been too unsafe for travel. As soon as the river re-opens we will build the long awaited clinic.
The TB/ID Clinic will be constructed of durable, lightweight, cleanable, ecologically-friendly materials sourced from a company in Kenya that specializes in building structures made for remote regions in Africa. It is an efficient, cost-efficient design made with materials meant to endure the environmental conditions of South Sudan.
With seed money from a committed donor, ASMP started an immunization outreach program. Outreach is a strategy of the world Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI), which was established in 1974 to ensure that children in all countries can benefit from life-saving vaccines. The biggest challenge in immunizing kids is getting to where they live. ASMP is employing novel approaches to improve immunization outreach. By improving transportation options for the local EPI team, we hope to reach hundreds, if not thousands of more children with life-saving vaccines.