Transporting Patients and Delivering Hope to South Sudan

Our mission at Health eVillages is to “empower healthcare providers to improve global health and well-being through the delivery of mobile technology and community-focused solutions, extending life with dignity and purpose”. Although this is quite a mouthful, a key part of this phrase is “community-focused solutions”.   A recent example of this is when Health eVillages founder and Chairman, Donato Tramuto, asked Partners in Compassionate Care what we could do to help in their specific efforts to provide healthcare in war-torn South Sudan.  Their answer: an ambulance.

Donato Tramuto responded to this request, and after three long months of transport, the ambulance arrived at Memorial Christian Hospital, in a remote area of South Sudan. And within the first few weeks of the ambulance being in service, it had already transported 20 patients who would otherwise have traveled by foot or been pushed in a wheelbarrow to the nearest facility, miles away.

Included in these 20 patient transports were three expectant mothers with pregnancy complications. One of these mothers was Mary.

“Mary was six months pregnant and sick with cerebral malaria (malaria in the brain) and fetus complication… Dr. Ajak examined her and found that a six-month fetus was not moving. The woman was not aware of this complication. Dr. Ajak immediately ordered the ambulance to take the woman to Bor Civil Hospital for ultrasound examination. (MCH has no funds to employ an ultrasound tech, thus it is sitting at the Hospital). Without the ambulance, it would take many hours for the relatives to carry this woman to the Bor Civil Hospital. Cerebral Malaria and pregnancy complication are 2 very dangerous combinations.” Deng Jongkuch, Executive Director, Partners in Compassionate Care

Deng shared that in addition to transporting expectant mothers, the ambulance has proven critical in saving the lives of those affected by the ongoing civil unrest in South Sudan.

“… An ambulance full of patients with gunshot wounds [was] rushed to the hospital for operation and treatment. There was a heavy cattle raid in a village of Jalle were we are supporting a clinic. The Raiders killed about 31 people and took about 8000 head of cattle. The ambulance managed to rush all wounded victims [to the hospital].”

While we know we are limited as to what we can do to address the turmoil in the world in which we live, Health eVillages is proud to work with organizations like Partners in Compassionate Care, doing what we can to address the needs of others, even in these most difficult environments. Together, one community at a time, we will continue to work to “heal the villages”.

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