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, immunizations 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.
The people of South Sudan have one of the highest rates of tuberculosis (TB) and infectious diseases in the world, and a corresponding dire lack of resources to tackle this urgent problem. To learn more about the problem of TB in Old Fangak, click here.
The current “clinic” to treat tuberculosis is nothing more than a few tables under a tree in Old Fangak. Yet the clinic treats 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.
Dr. Jill Seaman has been treating tuberculosis in the region for over 25 years. We want to give her and the clinic staff in Old Fangak the proper facilities to fight this deadly disease.
TB Clinic Project
We propose to construct a Tuberculosis/Infectious Disease Clinic that will allow for proper quarantine and treatment of these high-risk patients. In addition to TB, the clinic will allow for treatment of infectious diseases including Leoprosy, HIV, and Hepatitis B.
The proposed 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. The clinic will provide direly needed infrastructure to support Dr. Jill’s heroic efforts to bring hope and health to a desperate, forgotten region of the world.
You can help stop needless deaths from tuberculosis today by donating to the TB clinic project.
In South Sudan only 6.3% of children have received necessary childhood vaccinations. In Jonglei State this number is only 1.8%.
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.
This small, collapsible boat will greatly improve the ability of teams to get to remote locations. With the ability to hold an immunization team, it only weighs 79 pounds and is fitted with an outboard motor to power it up and down the Nile.
Immunization Outreach Bikes
Reaching children overland in villages can be challenging. Long distances means it can take days for teams to get to villages. There are no roads, and no vehicles for transportation.
Rugged bicycles, however will allow immunization teams to travel overland to reach needy children. ASMP partnered with a bicycle shop in the US to come up with a bicycle model that is simple, rugged and durable- something that can endure the conditions of South Sudan.
Bicycle Immunization Outreach is starting in fall 2013 with a pilot project of three bikes. The bikes will be equipped with racks to hold medicines and camping gear for the outreach team. Teams will receive training and the proper tools to fix and maintain the EPI bikes while they are in the field for days at a time.
By helping these immunization teams get to hard-to-reach places, the needless deaths of countless vulnerable children will be prevented.
Primary Health Care Clinic
When we first arrived in Old Fangak there was only a small, dilapidated health center. Operating the only treatment center in the area, Dr. Jill gets referrals from all over, including Malakal, the second largest town in South Sudan. People walk from over 50 miles to access her services. These services are a last-resort for many in northern Jonglei state, and a final bastion of hope. Dr. Jill knows what it takes to work in a challenging, remote region, and has trained a local staff of approximately 50 clinic workers to assist in her efforts.
In 2008 ASMP began construction Old Fangak’s new Primary Health Care Clinic. After many setbacks, logistical challenges, and a Christmas 2012 fire that destroyed over 1/3 of the clinic, our dedicated staff and volunteers persisted to finish the project in March 2013.
Local community leaders were involved in the planning, local workers and apprentices assisted construction. In the end the community owns the new clinic.
Clinic staff and community members have expressed great pride in having a new clinic. It is another way in which we can improve health, and also provide new hope to people who have been forgotten.