Welcome to Poole Africa Link
South Sudan remains one of the poorest countries in the world, following decades of civil war between the North and the South of Sudan. Independence gained in July 2011 for the new South Sudan brought immense celebrations to the South Sudanese, but as yet little improvement in healthcare, although opportunities now exist.
Only 44% of the population have access to healthcare within 5km, with inoculation for children at 18%. Maternity mortality is nearly 3% at 2,054 per 100,000 births. As women average 6-7 births, 20% will die from childbirth. Child mortality rates are 106 per 1,000 for under fives.
The training of skilled healthcare staff of all disciplines is the key to improving healthcare provision and needs to be developed and supported. The central task of the Poole Africa Link is to contribute to the development of effective healthcare through the provision and support of competent medical and nursing education for staff at Wau Teaching Hospital and local nurse training schools.
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Latest Blog Postings
Friday 6th March
The team have just arrived home after leaving Wau on Wednesday morning. We took the decision to leave two days early because of security problems in Wau followi... Read more
Tuesday 3rd March
Great afternoon teaching at Sister Gracy’s. Sally and Hilary A taught shoulder dystocia and breech and ran rather an amusing midwifery quiz. We had a great rewa... Read more
Monday 2nd March
James had a good time teaching at the university, meeting the vice chancellor and deputy vice chancellor. Sally and Hilary have set up the portable ultrasound m... Read more
Sunday 1st March 2015
Sunday being a day of rest we were up at 6.30am to attend the 8am English service at the Episcopal church. We spoke at both the English and Dinka services, the ... Read more
Saturday 28th February 2015
We had a record turnout of over 90 staff at our 'Shock' morning today. About a third doctors and medical students, and the rest nurses and midwives. - ... Read more
Friday 27th February 2015
It's the hottest it's been on my Wau trips, and working eleven hours each day at the hospital, then teaching students from 3 till 5.30, and then prepara... Read more
Thursday 26th February 2015
Another very hot day.
James has worked with the two newly trained anaesthetists, and was very impressed with their knowledge and skills which vastly outstrip... Read more