Hope for baby Jenny in Nzara, South Sudan

By Jessica Eames, Fundraising Manager at IRT.

In Nzara, South Sudan, IRT support the St Therese Hospital. The paediatric ward in particular is incredibly busy every day. Sarah Rubino (pictured below) is a certified Midwife, and has been working at the hospital for the past ten months. She recently told us about the difficult birth of little baby Jenny, and gave us a snapshot of the huge challenges she faces at the hospital, saving newborn babies’ lives everyday….



Sarah has seen first hand how access to supplies can mean life or death for many children. Life there is considered precious and sacred because of how quickly it can be lost. Even though not all these babies lives can be saved, with support from IRT, the incredible staff at the hospital are able to save many of these precious lives.


Jenny (pictured) was born at 32 weeks gestation, and is an example of hope in Nzara. After her mother pushed twice, Jenny shot into the arms of Midwife Sarah, mid-afternoon on a nice warm day. She immediately began to cry but it was quickly evident that she needed more help breathing. After one hour of positive pressure ventilation, and two hours of oxygen before the solar power ran out, Jenny was able to start breastfeeding with only a little bit of fussing. Because she was born during a warm week, Sarah was able to control her body temperature much better with our makeshift skin-to-skin incubator. Likely due to the warm weather, Jenny was able to be discharged at a week and a half old.

After further intensive care, attention and love from the staff at the hospital, including free follow up appointments, little Jenny is a plump, happy and healthy 5-Month old baby. Thanks to the incredible support from our donors, Jenny was given a chance at life.