March 30, 2021 Update on South Sudan Villages Clinic Fidele Dhan, founder of the South Sudan Villages Clinic and the members of the clinic board want to thank you and your community for supporting our work to save lives in Koiyom, South Sudan. In 1987 Fidele survived an attack on his village in Sudan by government forces who killed most of the people in the village. Fidele was a 9 year old boy who escaped with other children. These children walked a thousand miles to a refugee camp in Kenya. Most did not survive the treacherous journey. These children became known as “The Lost Boys of Sudan”. Eventually, Fidele made his way to the United States as a refugee and settled in Western New York where he graduated from The University of Buffalo. After many years, Fidele returned to his village in South Sudan to try to find his mother. While there, many sick people were brought to Fidele…but he was not a doctor or medical person. Fidele realized that he had survived for a reason. He vowed to establish a clinic in his village. With help from Reaching Out 2 Africa, a clinic was built. Many of the donations came from Catholic Youth Organizations and in memory of Father Gary Bagley and Sister Karen Klimzak. In early 2019 the clinic opened with 2 locally trained physician assistants, a midwife and 2 nurses. Today the clinic is seeing approximately 1100 patients a month. We have recently hired a second midwife and made repairs to the original building. Despite these successes we had no electricity or running water in the building. We are very grateful to report that through foundation grants and private contribution (from you and your community and others) we have raised enough money to: -Install solar panels that will bring electricity to the clinic. Babies will no longer be delivered in the dark because they are poor. The clinic will be able to store vaccines and other medications in a refrigerator powered by the solar panels. -Install a 3000 liter water tank with plumbing to bring water into the clinic for the first time. We are also excited to report that Fidele Dhan and Dr. Vijay Aswani, a Buffalo physician, will be travelling to South Sudan this summer. Dr Aswani has a lot of experience in delivering care in poor area of our world and we are grateful for his interest and support. Each will be taking a large suitcase which we need to fill with items needed in the clinic. The clinic is in need of : Liquid acetaminophen (Tylenol) for infants, children and acetaminophen tablets for adults. Liquid ibuprofen (Advil) for infants and children and tablets for adults Eyeglasses -used or “readers” Stethescopes, blood pressure cuffs and a basic microscope-used would be fine if anyone has any items. Money to purchase a hand held ultrasound device to assist in caring for pregnant women(cost $2500). Donations can be received online at www.southsudanvillagesclinic.org or by check to South Sudan Villages Clinic PO Box 1226 Buffalo, NY 14240
South Sudan Villages Clinic Update
As 2020 comes to a close, it is a good time to reflect back on the challenges that we have faced in the past year and look ahead to the hopes for the coming year. Fidele Dhan and the board of the South Sudan Villages Clinic would like to thank all those who so generously supported our work during the past year. The clinic is open every day and is seeing an average of 1100 patients a month (15,823 patients in the past 18 months). Our medical staff consists of two physician assistants, one midwife and two nurses along with medical support personnel. The clinic operates in a 7room clinic with 13 beds. There is no electricity or water in the building.
1 in 7 women still die in childbirth in South Sudan. 524 mothers have received prenatal care, assisted deliveries and follow up care for their babies in the past year. The greatest clinic need is to have a second midwife assist with the large number of women seeking care. We also desperately need to raise $10,000 to install solar panels on the roof to provide light for the clinic at night. The biblical connection to Advent and Christmas cannot go unseen when in 2020 babies are being born in the dark because they are poor. The medical staff also treats malaria, pneumonia and infections with the majority of the patients being children. The clinic has been honored for providing preventive care and needed supplies such as mosquito nets to prevent the spread of malaria and soap for hygiene. The South Sudan Koiyom clinic is making a difference, saving lives and giving hope to these families. Your donations make it possible for the clinic to continue this work. Thank you again for your generous support. If you are able to contribute to our life saving work please go to www.southsudanvillagesclinic.org or send a check to SouthSudan Villages Clinic PO Box 1226 Buffalo NY 14240 If you have any questions or would like to share ideas, you can contact Dr.Theresa Stephan Hains at 716-445-0618 or at firstname.lastname@example.org Many thanks again for your generosity. May everyone stay safe through this Christmas and New Years