As we begin the month of July we do so with a sense of hope, though life hasn’t been easy here in Rumbek. We have seen an increase in clan fights and revenge attacks, an increase in malaria, rains have been late and people are still struggling to plant and then there is coronavirus.
It’s hard to know the real reality of Coronavirus, we still have only one official testing centre in the country. Tests sent from Rumbek can take up to one or two weeks, meanwhile it seems that individuals are quarantined in their homes. Our homes are small and basic and often can accommodate up to five people so the idea of social distancing at home isn’t possible. On the more hopeful side of things we have a new Governor, we expect appointments for the State Ministers to be within this month.
Another hopeful sign for us has been the rise of under 5’s being treated in the in our clinic, they now represent 25% of our patients. Children under five years of age are among the most vulnerable in the community.
In the month of June we have expanded our knowledge of Covid-19, improved social distancing and health education in the clinic while also enjoying more personal protective equipment.
Sr Petra has been supporting the staff with psycho-social support, this has been appreciated by all. Meanwhile our block makers are helping to keep the goats away from the crops while our resident staff are all having a chance to improve their cooking skills!
Can you help us?
As we enter into the malaria season and July we want to encourage those who can to partner with us in supporting the local community, as a once off, or even on a monthly basis.
- €2 will provide soap for a family for a week
- €3 – €15 – treatment for malaria can be as cheap as €3 and up to €15 depending on the case
- €10 will buy flour for a family for a week, used for their main meal
- €15 buys seeds to plant a field for a family
From all of us in Loreto Rumbek
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