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South Sudan remains one of the poorest countries in the world, following decades of civil war between the North and the South of Sudan.

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.

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. The current political situation and security issues in South Sudan meant that our visit scheduled for October 2015 was diverted to a new location in Lira, Northern Uganda.

The training of skilled healthcare staff of all disciplines is the key to improving healthcare provision in sub Saharan Africa 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 and Lira in Northern Uganda.

‘Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for life’..Chinese proverb

Latest Blog Postings

Home again...
Well we have arrived home safely. The trip from Lira back to Kampala and Entebbe is long but on good roads. We have been reflecting on our two weeks, which st... Read more

Thursday 22nd October
We had a full day today, commencing early at Lira Hospital where we met the Director, Dr James. It was a positive meeting with much discussion about his hopes f... Read more

Wednesday 21st October
What a day, both good and challenging. We all started at Lira Hospital, going our own ways to,paediatric, surgery maternity and I went to the malnutrition ward.... Read more

Tuesday 20th October
The cockerel outside the hotel woke us all before daybreak he hasnt learnt when he should be crowing!!! Other than that today went exactly to timetable! Fran... Read more

Monday 19th October
We began this week with an impeccable timetable that would have put Hilarys eyes on stalks. Arnold, our driver, zipped his way from hotel to hospital and un... Read more

Whew what a day. We were determined that we would get some teaching done, so arrived at the University raring to go. As soon as we had arrived we met with Anna ... Read more

Thursday 15th October
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