Our work in Yei, South Sudan
The Winchester/Yei link was set up in 2010 to support the Martha Primary Health Care Centre in Yei, Yei Civil Hospital (South Sudan Government Hospital near to Martha Primary Health Care Centre) and the Yei Health Training Institute that trains nurses, midwives and laboratory technicians.
Over a number of years, clinicians from Hampshire Hospitals have visited Yei and been able to work together with clinic/hospital staff, teach students and train village health workers, vaccinators and rural village birth attendants. These clinicians have been from many departments including physiotherapy, obstetrics, paediatrics, nursing, laboratory, midwifery, orthopaedics and general practice.
This Winchester/Yei link works to support health programmes in primary and secondary health care as well as health student training and repairing equipment. As part of this work, the link works with staff in primary and secondary care, supports rural health workers, local health training institutes, and the Yei County local health department. South Sudan has some of the worst health statistics globally and this link aims to address requests for specific teaching topics and hospital/health departments requests for help.
Our key highlights - what differences have we made?
- A blood bank was set up at Yei Hospital
- A suitable minimal electricity fridge was sourced (as the electricity supply is intermittent) at Yei Hospital
- We were able to find UK electrical engineers to visit Yei in order to mend hospital equipment and train up a hospital electrician
- A team member with plumbing experience repaired the water system at Yei Hospital to enable water to be supplied to the facility again
- Two doctors from Winchester lived in Yei for a few months in 2015/16 and worked alongside primary care staff and paediatrics
- A physiotherapist from Winchester has made two visits to Yei
Due to insecurity, since 2016, no further visits within the link have been able to occur. However, this link works with UK charity The Brickworks which has very regular communication with Martha Primary Health Care Centre. We hope that as soon as security remains more stable, visits can resume.
To continue global health work within this link, work has continued in a different way. Several visits have been made to the Kajo Keji Health Training Institute to help teach students. This is a training school that is South Sudanese but is in exile in Arua, Northern Uganda. As part of this work, Winchester/Yei link midwives, doctors and laboratory staff have made five visits to teach students at the training school since it has been in exile.
How have we worked around COVID-19?
Due to the pandemic, no further visits following these have been able to take place. However, we've continued teaching remotely and virtually with those at the Kajo Keji Health Institute.
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