As we come to the close of our second year of operating the Buckeye Satellite Clinic in the camp for Internally Displaced Persons in Mongalla, the number of patients we are serving has grown steadily, and we greatly need your support for 2024.
In 2022, our staff served an average of 1,047 patients each month. So far in 2023, the same small team has served 14,389 patients–an average of 1439 each month. This is an increase of 37%.
Who do we serve?
- 40,000 people now live in the IDP camp. 50,000 people are in the neighboring host communities.
- 1,300 South Sudanese who had moved north to Khartoum, Sudan, in the hope of better lives, have returned to escape the warfare and have settled in or near the Mongalla IDP Camp.
- We provide free services and medications to any and all who come for care without “cost sharing” or other fees.
How have we managed to maintain services for a steadily increasing number of patients?
- A grant from the Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church provided funds for drilling a borehole (well), medications, staff support, infrastructure improvements, and salaries for administrative staff.
- In July we opened a new sheet metal Ward building to replace badly worn tents; it includes a laboratory.
- The U.N. provided refrigeration equipment enabling us to resume giving childhood and adult vaccinations.
- In October, we hired a second Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) Vaccinator, an EPI Clerk, and a Laboratory Technician.
- Project Manager Kon Abraham represents us at all medical provider consortiums, and he has reached out tirelessly to NGOs and county and national Ministries of Health for support.
Looking ahead to 2024, our challenge is to raise $120,000.
More than anything we owe our ability to sustain services to you, our generous donors in Columbus and around the country — school children to whom Board President Bol Aweng has spoken, contributors through churches, including the United Methodist Church Advance, and dozens of individual supporters.
Please consider supporting the Buckeye Clinic on November 28, 2023.
Bol Aweng, President
on behalf of the entire board of the Buckeye Clinic in South Sudan
Supported by our donors and
We invite you to share this newsletter and our website with friends and community members who may be interested in the Buckeye Clinic. Would your school group, church, or other organization be interested in learning more about our commitment to provide health care to the people of Bol and Jok’s home village—and our extended mission to treat all persons in the Mongalla IDP Camp? Our co-founder Bol Aweng speaks frequently to schools, churches and other groups, and his book and art tell the story of his journey. See: https://buckeyeclinic.org/school-visits/