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Helping South Sudanese People Heal

Our Mission

Awak and the village children
Mission Statement:

"To provide South Sudanese People avenues for excellent health, primarily in disease prevention, treatment, management and cure."

There is immense urgency to help families of South Sudan heal from their suffering as a result of decades of destruction, killing, violence, genocide and slavery that occurred during the war.

General Problems we wish to address:

Problem #1 – Not Enough Medical Care Facilities

  1. Lack of adequate medical resources
  2. Distribution and management of medicines disorganized, and unreliable
  3. Antiquated Medical Equipment
  4. Insufficient quantity of  medical supplies
  5. Inadequate infrastructure to build and operate a medical clinic

Problem #2 – Shortage of Trained Medical Personnel

  1. There is a lack of human resources, and trained South Sudanese in the field of medicine, nursing and human services
  2. Lack of regulatory and oversight of the practice of medicine, pharmaceutical practices, as well as the professional fields of nursing, social work, psychiatry, and so forth.
  3. Lack of academic school, training institutions and curricula to prepare South Sudanese people to work in this profession
  4. Lack of strong leadership and organized governance in the health sector and delivery of all types of medical services, including the field of epidemiology 

Problem #3 – Difficult Accessibility of Medical Care: walking by foot, often 10 miles or more, as the primary mode of commuting due to:

  1. Lack of roads or trails
  2. Lack of motorized vehicles
  3. Tropical seasons resulting in major flooding
  4. Lack of electricity and other modes of power


"Those who are too weak to travel by foot are not treated at all."

                                                                             Awak Malith, 2010

Problem #4 – Poor Quality Medical Care

  1. The native Dinka people have suffered generations of war, including genocide, murder, rape of women and jihadists' slavery of women and children
  2. During Awak’s last trip to South Sudan, he saw enormous suffering, with people begging him to bring them relief from the Americans

      Today, most suffer from:

  1. Malnutrition
  2. Respiratory Infections
  3. Pink-Eye (conjunctivitis)                             
  4. Tuberculosis
  5. Polio
  6. Malaria
  7. Acute respiratory infections
  8. Maternal morbidity and mortality
  9. Vector-borne diseases
  10. Depression
  11. Post-traumatic stress syndrome and other psychiatric ailments

Problem # 5 – Insufficient Medical History of the Patient

  1. Prevalent lack of interest from the part of the health provider, in particular the medical doctor, to learn about the health history of the patient
  2. Medical history is usually required and taken into consideration when  determining the kind of treatment for the admitted patient

Problem #6 – Lack of Appropriate Laboratory Facilities

  1. There is no proper or thorough diagnosis of disease thereby resulting in doctors guessing the patient ailments and ending up administering wrongful and potentially harmful treatment
  2. Doctors are known to prescribe medication that is either ineffective or often harmful to the patient, frequently leading to death due to medical maltreatment

Problem #7 – Lack of Prescription and Over-the-Counter Medication

  1. Medicine is often secured by neighboring Egypt and Saudi Arabia, and only if the patient knows someone in these countries so as to acquire it
  2. The lack of medication and other medical supplies affect patients, especially those with terminal illness  who are likely to die

Problem #8 – Medical Treatment Costs Are Cost Prohibitive to Patients

  1. Sudanese medical professionals are heavily taxed by the government
  2. South Sudan has no government funded health care system or medicaid-like programs nor are there any adequate privately-held medical insurance companies

      As a Result - the cost of medicine and hospital bills are unaffordable to the average patient 

  1. a very heavy burden on the patient and his/her family.
  2. due to lack of proper treatment, there is a lost of productivity by the individual
  3. there is increased social malaise and possible disease spread

      As a Result - the terrors of war have emotionally scarred families

              "It is quite apparent that families need psychological and sociological help."

                                                                                                                  Awak Malith, 2010

We invite you to consider donating funds to help make this a reality. Your gifts and services will bring hope to South Sudanese people who are now only rebuilding their lives.

             New Sudan Aid, Inc.
      P.O. Box 64351
                Rochester, NY  14624

Call: 585-230-2661
        Email : [email protected]

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