BENEFITING: JOHN DAU FOUNDATION
The John Dau Foundation (JDF) is a non-profit organization working in South Sudan, mostly serving populations in Duk County, Jonglei State. JDF provides basic medical services to diagnose and treat common illnesses and specific medical disorders indigenous to this region like malaria. The Clinic also provides trauma care, OB/GYN services, and outreach programs to conduct health promotion campaigns, vaccinations, and community health worker trainings. The presence of the John Dau Foundation in the area helps minimize the chances of miscarriages in women by providing better care before and during labor and delivery. Additionally, the Clinic provides testing and counseling for HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis.
One of the most important missions of the John Dau Foundation is nutrition screening and therapeutic feeding programs to address Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM). We serve Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) who may be coming, often on foot, from tens to hundreds of miles away as they escape the fighting. The population of children under five years old is especially vulnerable to the negative impacts of not getting enough food and critical nutrients during times of conflict where food and other resources can become scarce.
Currently one of the most under-served populations in Duk County are the residents of the islands in the Nile River. When conflict struck South Sudan two years ago, millions of people were forced from their homes. These Internally Displaced People became refugees within their own country. They were forced to abandon everything they owned including livestock and cattle when they fled violent conflict. In Duk County, many of these vulnerable people fled to the Nile in order to fish as a way to feed their families. They settled on a series of islands called Koyoom to fish. Many areas of South Sudan are still not safe, and refugees residing on these islands in the Nile can't return home. The IDPs residing around the Nile have no health and sanitation services. There is no clinic, no nutrition services, no latrines or sanitation services, and no option to see a medical professional if you get sick. These people are extremely vulnerable and are living in harsh condition.
JDF is taking the initiative to extend these essential medical services to these vulnerable populations, and we need your help!
We are hoping to purchase a boat which we will turn into a floating clinic! From this boat we can provide nutrition relief, midwife services, primary care services, and refer patients who might need transportation to a larger facility. This boat will literally be a lifeline for the people of Koyoom who have been without any medical services for almost two years