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Nzara Primary School

July 18, 2019

The Challenge Every child deserves an education, but: IN SOUTH SUDAN 70% OF CHILDREN AGED 6-17 YEARS OLD WILL NEVER GET THE CHANCE TO GO TO SCHOOL, AND FOR THOSE CHILDREN WHO START SCHOOL ONLY 10% WILL COMPLETE PRIMARY SCHOOL. And the situation is even worse for girls where the attendance rate is only 33%. […]

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The Challenge
Every child deserves an education, but:

IN SOUTH SUDAN 70% OF CHILDREN AGED 6-17 YEARS OLD WILL NEVER GET THE CHANCE TO GO TO SCHOOL, AND FOR THOSE CHILDREN WHO START SCHOOL ONLY 10% WILL COMPLETE PRIMARY SCHOOL.
And the situation is even worse for girls where the attendance rate is only 33%. This all amounts to South Sudan having one of the worst education rates in the world.

Our Aim
International Refugee Trust (IRT) is trying to reverse these figures by supporting schools across South Sudan, providing financial support for crucial supplies like books and desks, supplementing teachers’ wages and even supporting maintenance costs, in particular ensuring clean water and latrines for the children.

Nzara Primary School
IRT has been supporting the Comboni Sisters’ primary school in Nzara for several years. We help by contributing to teachers’ salaries and providing school bags and high energy biscuits to the most malnourished children.

THE SCHOOL TEACHES AROUND 1,000 CHILDREN AND IS ONE OF THE BEST SCHOOLS IN THE REGION. IN 2012, THE SCHOOL WAS RANKED FIRST OUT OF ALL SCHOOLS IN THE WESTERN EQUATORIA STATE WITH TWO OF ITS STUDENTS RANKING AMONG THE BEST PERFORMING INDIVIDUALS.


Training Hall and Accommodation Block

July 18, 2019

In 2009, the IRT supported the construction of a training hall and small guest house at the Women’s Centre. It is now a crucial facility to the town proving a space for government agencies, charities and NGOs to work in and hold workshops and seminars for the local community. IT IS THE ONLY FACILITY OF […]

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In 2009, the IRT supported the construction of a training hall and small guest house at the Women’s Centre.

It is now a crucial facility to the town proving a space for government agencies, charities and NGOs to work in and hold workshops and seminars for the local community.

IT IS THE ONLY FACILITY OF ITS TYPE IN NZARA AND IS CREATING SUPPLEMENTARY INCOME TO SUPPORT THE RUNNING OF THE WOMEN’S CENTRE.


Rainbow HIV and Aids Project, Nzara Hospital

July 18, 2019

The Challenge There are an estimated 180,000 people living with HIV/AIDS in South Sudan. IN 2015, 12,000 PEOPLE DIED FROM AIDS, AND OVER 100,000 CHILDREN WERE ORPHANED AFTER LOSING ONE OR BOTH PARENTS TO THE DISEASE. Only 10% of those diagnosed with AIDS are receiving anti-retroviral treatment. There is already a lack of medical resources […]

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The Challenge
There are an estimated 180,000 people living with HIV/AIDS in South Sudan.

IN 2015, 12,000 PEOPLE DIED FROM AIDS, AND OVER 100,000 CHILDREN WERE ORPHANED AFTER LOSING ONE OR BOTH PARENTS TO THE DISEASE.
Only 10% of those diagnosed with AIDS are receiving anti-retroviral treatment. There is already a lack of medical resources to treat the disease, but rising tensions between government, rebels and different ethnic tribes have made travelling to clinics and hospitals even more difficult for patients.

Our Aim
IRT continues to support the Comboni Missionary Sisters and their volunteers to run programmes that alleviate the stress of living with HIV/AIDS through counselling and home visits.

Counselling and Advice
The Rainbow Volunteers provide home visits to those infected with HIV/AIDS and families affected by the disease. During their visits, they give counselling and advice on how to cope and live with the disease and how to minimise the spread of infection. They also frequently provide food because many of the families affected are so poor and the disease means they cannot work or grow food.

Caring for those with HIV/Aids
Living with the disease is difficult, and since many people cannot afford treatment, quality and length of life is lessened. Rainbow is an HIV/AIDS programme run by the Comboni Sisters using volunteers who provide home visits and counselling to affected people in and around Nzara. The programme sheds some light on an otherwise terrible situation.

And Valium No Prescription and serax just don’t last very long requiring multiple doses each day.

IN THE PAST YEAR, THE PROGRAMME HAS HELPED A TOTAL OF 700 ADULTS, 40 OF WHOM ARE BEDRIDDEN AND A TOTAL OF 320 CHILDREN, 105 OF WHOM ARE HIV POSITIVE.
They have also planted 5 banana plantations, 800 pineapple plants and a fish farm which are used to supply food for meals and any left over are sold to help generate extra income to support the programme.


Paediatric Ward at Nzara Hospital

July 18, 2019

The Challenge The hospital, located in the southwest of the country, is seeing an influx of patients due to increasing numbers of refugees and displaced people seeking out medical treatment. The Paediatric Ward, in particular, is treating increasing numbers of children with severe cases of malaria and sickle cell disease. IN A COUNTRY WITH ONE […]

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The Challenge


The hospital, located in the southwest of the country, is seeing an influx of patients due to increasing numbers of refugees and displaced people seeking out medical treatment. The Paediatric Ward, in particular, is treating increasing numbers of children with severe cases of malaria and sickle cell disease.
IN A COUNTRY WITH ONE OF THE WORLD’S HIGHEST CHILD MORTALITY RATES AT 93 DEATHS PER 1,000, THE PEDIATRIC WARD IS CRUCIAL TO REDUCING INFANT MORTALITY.

Our Aim

In supporting the operation of the Pediatric Ward, we aim to improve the health of children and provide lifesaving treatment to some of the most needy children.

Medical care for children


The pediatric ward of the Nzara Hospital was opened on the 9th September 2012, with a capacity of 66 beds and has since treated over 3,000 children. IRT helped equip the pediatric ward and continues to support its work paying for drugs, vital medical supplies and staff salaries.

The hospital treats children for common diseases including malaria, typhoid and other tropical infections. The staff also treat both chronic wounds and new injuries.

In the last year with IRT’s support, Nzara Hospital treated 5,456 children as inpatients, of which 3,600 children were below the age of 5 and treated for malaria, pneumonia and dehydration. We also helped to support the salaries of 2 certified nurses, 4 auxiliary nurses and 3 non-medical support staff.

Treatment for sickle cell disease


Genetically inherited, sickle cell disease is a blood disorder that causes several health problems such as anaemia, bacterial infections and stroke. The average life expectancy is significantly less than those who do not suffer from the disease. Those with the disease are more vulnerable to malaria, and in turn are more likely to succumb to malaria as well.

The Sisters began screening for, diagnosing and treating Sickle Cell Disease in late 2014. Thus far, 305 children have been screened, and the 38 children who have been newly diagnosed are in the care of the nurses for proper treatment.

The Sisters are also working on educating the staff about how this disease affects the children’s quality of life.

Identifying and Training Nurses


We are very proud of the achievement of the nursing programme in Nzara and we continue to support six secondary school graduates from the area to undertake nursing work experience at Nzara Hospital.

During their 12 months on the pediatric ward and in the laboratory, the students will shadow and support the nurses during their work. A series of basic training workshops in nursing are held every week by the Hospital’s nursing staff and doctors.

Not so bad i do feel so damn good but I still put up a Valium fight inside myself.

Those students who show sufficient aptitude at the end of their one year will be offered training places at the Comboni Sisters nurse training centre in Wau, South Sudan or other training institutions.