In 2017, Dr. Chuck Radis visited the Kiryandongo United Nations Refugee Settlement in northern Uganda several times, where many of our friends from the Kit River region of South Sudan have fled.With the instability in South Sudan, MAPSJ has transferred nearly all of its operations to the refugee settlement. The 350 children from the Nyolo School in South Sudan are now attending the Bidong Primary School in the UN settlement where there is an active parent/teachers association. Robert Owot (our South Sudanese coordinator) has an excellent team with capable leaders in Public Health (Margaret Allo), vocational training (Jackline LaJara), and education and computer training (Benson Komakech). The Maine Chapter of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (MGFWC) has provided critical assistance with school supplies to the Bidong school and financial support for the education of orphans. A computer lab powered by solar panels is now up and running with the ongoing partnership of MAPSJ and the General Federation of Women’s Clubs of Maine
Although 2016 was marked by violence in South Sudan, the villages in the Kit River region continued to work in collaboration to maintain health and education services. The Maine Chapter of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs partnered with MASPSJ to ensure that every student—both boys and girls—has the opportunity to learn. Their fundraising enabled many of the orphans in the region to attend school for the first time. The well technicians and the traditional birth attendants were more important than ever in the war-torn region. With violence intensifying, at the end of 2016, many of our friends from the Kit River region fled south into Uganda to the Kiryandongo United Nations Refugee Settlement.
In response to a cholera outbreak in the Kit River Region, MAPSJ partnered with USAID and the county health department to repair local wells in the Kit River Region. The focus of the project was to train and equip local villagers so that well breakdowns can be repaired with local resources and trained technicians. The five-day training program was a success. Five villagers graduated and repaired eleven wells. We are proud of the efforts which the Village Health Organization committed to this important public safety effort.
We have been informed that in 2015, not a single mother was lost in child-birth. We attribute this to the knowledge and talent of the traditional birth attendants who attended our 2012 and 2012 training programs.
MAPSJ was proud to be associated with the opening of the Nyolo Hope Primary School, Partners include the Kit River Village Health Community Organization (comprised of the leaders from Nyolo, Kuwait, Ayii, and Aroo) and the non-profit Aserela. Your support provided a lap-top computer for our South Sudanese coordinator, Robert Owot, and also helped us purchase bicycles for our traditional birth attendants.
Daniel Crothers and Charles Radis DO, returned to South Sudan to provide a 4 day First-Aid program for 50 villagers. Medical students Will Douglas, Sean Lena, and Lindsay Katona from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, and Dr. Kyle Ratner assisted in teaching the Solo Schools Wilderness Medicine course, and also evaluated basic First-Aid knowledge in our participants both before and after the training. The results of their research were published the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
In 2012, MAPSJ Medical Directors, Daniel Crothers and Dr. Charles Radis, traveled to the Kit River region of South Sudan to coordinate the training of l6 traditional birth attendants (TBA). The women were trained in pre-natal care and recognition of birth complications and received durable medical equipment and a weather resistant pictorial summary of their training developed by the Massachusetts General Hospital.