Project #42 | Solar Power for Maternity Ward in South Sudan
Our partnership with John Dau
The John Dau Foundation and ODW partnership funded the installation of solar powered electrical units for their new maternity ward to make it fully operational. One key aspect of having electricity in these units will be the ability to use a new ultrasound machine and have it be consistently operational. This technology is critical for primary obstetric care as it allows the midwife to identify key information about the baby. Adding reliable electricity in these new units not only helped to provide better health outcomes through expanded maternal child health care, but also assisted in empowering women by providing them with a space to receive information on health choices and concerns.
Our collective impact
A Story of Impact
In the beginning of June, a patient arrived at the Duk Lost Boys Clinic after having made the 30 mile walk to get there. The expecting mother made the trip after the Traditional Birth Attendant (TBA) identified the unborn child as no longer living, and recommended that the baby be removed in the traditional way within the community. This process is in no way sanitary and involves untrained community members performing the procedure on the floor of a dirt hut. Such a procedure would absolutely jeopardize the life of the mother. Instead of going forward with the procedure, the mother made the decision to travel to the Duk Lost Boys Clinic. Once at the clinic, the mother was given an ultrasound, provided through the ODW partnership. Kuol, a South Sudaneese staff member who is one of the clinics midwifes and the ultrasound technician, performed the ultrasound for the patient and identified that the child was still living and healthy! He notified the ecstatic mother that her pregnancy was progressing as normal. This amazing news eliminated the need for the risky abortion, which saved the life of the child, and most likely the life of the mother as well.
Thank you for making this possible!
Our movement is grassroots, to us that not only means the work on the ground is led by local leaders with the support of the community, but it also means that we raise the funds for our projects through everyday donors just like you. In addition to all the donors that gave $25, $100, or $250 and the campaigners that ran a race or donated their birthday to raise funds, we also want to thank our generous business, school, and faith sponsors who believed in our work and joined the movement.
If you want to support future projects like this you can make a donation to our maternal health fund.