Skaneateles, NY (PRWEB) January 10, 2014
While continued violence and a deteriorating humanitarian situation in South Sudan prove extremely challenging for aid organizations, the John Dau Foundation’s Duk Lost Boys Clinic continues its mission of providing healthcare and nutrition. The clinic is just north of highly contested Bor, the capital of Jonglei State.
Displaced people fleeing the conflict have placed additional stress on resources and supplies that are difficult to acquire even under routine circumstances there. Additionally, the conflict in Bor has cut off the clinic’s typical supply chain so that it cannot get supplies easily. The clinic is especially in need of additional funding so that it can afford to fly supplies from Juba. (Those wishing to donate may visit http://www.JohnDauFoundation.org.)
“The situation is dire,” said executive director Daniel Pisegna. “If the clinic cannot get supplies in the coming weeks, our critically important operations will be highly compromised.”
Before the current crisis, the clinic was providing healthcare and nutrition services to about 1,500 patients per month including vaccinations, prenatal visits, and treatment for various health issues such as malaria, gastroenteritis, pneumonia, UTIs, typhoid, and malnutrition. Under routine circumstances, less than half the population of South Sudan has access to health care services.
The John Dau Foundation founder John Bul Dau, who along with tens of thousands of children was forced to flee his village in South Sudan when he was just 12 years old, recently discussed the country’s escalating humanitarian crisis with National Geographic. Read his interview here.
About the John Dau Foundation and Duk Lost Boys Clinic
The mission of the John Dau Foundation is to build and sustain medical clinics and train community health workers in South Sudan. Its first clinic, the Duk Lost Boys Clinic, was established in May of 2007. The clinic is located in Duk Payuel, a village in Duk County, Jonglei State, South Sudan. Tens of thousands of people in the region have been disrupted and displaced by conflict and face hunger, malnutrition, and a scarcity of health care.
Since opening, the Duk Lost Boys Clinic has come to lead the coordination of medical services within Duk County and serves as a model for success for the entire region. More than 110,000 patients have received life-saving nutrition and medical care at the clinic, whose staff sees typically between 75-150 patients per day. Some walk more than 30 miles in order to receive health services. More than 2,000 expectant mothers have received pre-natal care at the clinic, in a country where maternal and child mortality rates are among the highest in the world.
Key humanitarian partners of the clinic also involved in addressing the overall humanitarian emergency in the region include IMA World Health, the World Food Program, and UNICEF. For more information about the foundation and clinic, and to learn how to help, visit http://www.JohnDauFoundation.org.
About John Dau and the Lost Boys of Sudan
The John Dau Foundation was begun by former Lost Boy and genocide survivor John Dau to provide healthcare in the war-torn region of South Sudan, where people’s lives and homelands have been disrupted for decades as a result of civil war and continued upheaval and tribal fighting. The term “Lost Boys of Sudan” refers to the more than 20,000 boys of the Nuer and Dinka ethnic groups who were displaced and orphaned during the Second Sudanese Civil War. About 2.5 million people were killed and millions were displaced. The orphaned girls among these groups of displaced children typically were placed with surviving families and also faced life-threatening challenges and disrupted lives.
For more background on the story of the lost children of South Sudan, which features John Dau and his relocation to Syracuse, NY, watch the award-winning documentary God Grew Tired of Us. Also see Lost Boy, Lost Girl: Escaping Civil War in Sudan, a memoir written by John Dau and his wife Martha Akech.