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Buckeye Clinic in South Sudan

Advance #3021282

#3021282 - Providing maternal and child healthcare services in rural areas

Annual Goal:$40,000.00
Partner:The UMC, West Ohio Annual Conference

Describe the need affecting the community.

(UNICEF) “After South Sudan emerged from a two-decade civil war, the world’s youngest nation became involved with its own civil war. It faces many challenges in providing health care to its population, particularly maternal and newborn health care. Only 19 per cent of births are attended by a skilled health worker. And there are broad disparities in healthcare access, with children and women in rural areas having far less access to care than those in urban areas.”

“Maternal mortality in South Sudan is one of the highest in the world,” stated UNICEF’s Chief of Health and Nutrition in South Sudan. “Sixteen mothers die every day from pregnancy-related complications. All of these deaths could have been prevented if they had access to skilled attendants at delivery.”

In 2011, the Buckeye Clinic began providing maternal health care for the remote village of Piol by vaccinating newborn babies to protect children from preventable causes of death and disease. The person “in charge” at the clinic was a Community Health Worker who had nine months of medical training. Only an untrained traditional birthing aid assisted with births in the primitive homes of the mothers. In 2017, the Buckeye Clinic hired a Physician’s Assistant, Nurse Midwife, and Laboratory Technician, the first medical professionals within a 20-mile radius. In 2018, with the addition of these medical professionals, the community requested and achieved Primary Health Care Center status with the Ministry of Health.

The upgraded facility now receives additional medications from the Ministry of Health and will address the medical needs of the 10,000 people in Piol and the surrounding villages. With this increase in the professional medical staff, the immediate need of the clinic is to provide funding for staff salaries and medical equipment and supplies for a maternal and child health clinic.

How will this Advance project help to address the need?

The hiring of professional medical staff and other support staff has added $40,000 to the clinic’s annual budget. Funds from other partner organizations in previous years assisted in covering the cost of staff salaries. However, these sources are no longer available. In order for the clinic to continue to provide quality maternal and child health care, a physician’s assistant, nurse midwife, and laboratory technician are essential. Funding received through the Advance will enable the Buckeye Clinic to continue this elevated level of services.

Describe the primary goal of the project.

To improve maternal and child health in the Piol area. The long-term impact will be healthier women and children.

Describe the change you would like to see in the community as a result of this Advance project.

The Buckeye Clinic began supporting the Piol community Primary Health Care Unit (PHCU) in 2011 with the installation of a solar energy system that powered a refrigerator to store vaccines. Three vaccinators were hired and began vaccinating children from preventable diseases. Two years later, the Ministry of Health assumed responsibility for the salaries of these vaccinators. In 2017, The Buckeye Clinic hired three medical professionals and three support staff. With the addition of these trained medical staff, the PHCU would be eligible for an upgrade to a Primary Health Care Center (PHCC) which is the next level below a hospital. This would make the clinic eligible for additional support from the Ministry of Health, including increased medicines. The village requested and achieved this upgrade in April 2018.

A Village Health Committee was organized and trained by the Physician’s Assistant. As this committee grows in their understanding of administering health care, they will be better prepared to be an advocate for health care in the village. The change we would like to see as a result of this Advance Project is that the federal government, through the Ministry of Health, recognize the value of an increased level of health care in the village and take over responsibility of paying these staff salaries.

Budget and Financial Information

Income

Annual Advance Financial Goal
$40,000.00
Local Financial Support
$10,000.00
School Service Learning Programs
$15,000.00

$65,000.00

Expense

Professional medical and support staff
$40,000.00
Repairs to the clinic
$5,000.00
Medical equipment and supplies
$20,000.00

$65,000.00

Project Contact

Steve Walker
(614) 580-2274

Global Ministries Contact

Tatenda Mujeni
(404) 460-7604