Our year at a glance: Helping people in crisis in South Sudan

South Sudan

International Refugee Trust has been working with our partners, the Comboni Missionary Sisters in South Sudan for over a decade providing vital healthcare to hundreds of displaced people.

In a country that has one of the highest rates of infant mortality in the world, the St. Theresa Hospital in Nzara, South Sudan plays a critical role. In the past year, over 6,000 patients received vital treatment from the hospital’s paediatric ward. Of these, 5,300 were below the age of five. Many of whom were treated for malaria, anaemia, pneumonia, malnutrition and AIDS-related conditions.

One of the consequences surrounding the recent conflict in South Sudan is a rise in the number of people infected with HIV/AIDS. The Western Equatoria state, where Nzara is situated, has seen the highest increase in infections due to the large number of internally displaced people in the region.

Our ‘Rainbow’ programme is one of the few projects in the area around Nzara helping adults and children affected by HIV/AIDS. Last year, the programme helped more than 700 people and 300 children many of whom are HIV positive.

Thanks to the generous donation of our supporters, we’re providing vital healthcare and helping to save the lives of those affected by the brutal conflict.

A glimmer of hope for Mariam in South Sudan

Mariam's storyMariam, 10, lives in Nzara South Sudan. She suffers from leoprasy and, even worse, was left unable to use her hands and feet after suffering violent abuse from her father.

Our partners on the ground, The Comboni Missionary Sisters, received Mariam at St Theresa Hospital where we provided her with vital care and loving support.

Our team rarely left Mariam’s side and helped her to rebuild her strength with physiotherapy and exercise.

Today, Mariam is walking, something which seemed impossible when she first arrived at the hospital.

Having escaped the abuse from her father, Mariam is being treated not only for her injuries, but sickle cell disease too. Whilst under treatment, Mariam was diagnosed with the disease;  a genetic condition which can prove fatal if left untreated.

We’re cheering Mariam on during her load to recovery and commend our dedicated supporters and partners in helping us to save the lives of many children like Mariam.

Read more about our work in South Sudan in our 2017 annual newsletter.