Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Between the Earth and Sky


This 21:10 minute video documents the struggle of 400 medical students to become the first generation of South Sudanese doctors. We promise you'll be inspired.

"On July 9th, 2011 South Sudan became the 193rd nation in the world. This sub-Saharan nation is the size of France without a single paved highway. With the highest maternal mortality rate in the world, the country has less than 50 licensed doctors for its 10 million people. 400 medical students are struggling to become the first generation of South Sudanese doctors. This is their story..."

Between the Earth and Sky. from Ujenzi Trust on Vimeo.

Learn more about how Ujenzi Trust supports the medical students of South Sudan at www.ujenzi.org >> Southern Sudan Medical Education Collaborative (SSMEC).

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Mwapusukeni. . .Thank God, you have survived


Uploaded by  on May 26, 2011

"When a woman gives birth, there are many places in Africa where they say, 'Mwapusukeni. . .Thank God, you have survived'", says Dr Thomas Burke, founder of Ujenzi Trust and Director of the Division of Global Health and Human Rights for Massachusetts General Hospital. This 15-minute film offers a rare glimpse into remote villages in South Sudan as MGH teams lead innovative, medical-training programs to reduce the highest maternal and child mortality rates in the world.

Executive Producer
Thomas F. Burke M.D., FACEP

Writer & Director
Karen Day

Editor
Andy Lawless

Still Photography
Tara Clark

South Sudan Videography
Hakim George Hakim

Harvard College Videography
Abby Schoenberg

Music
Obiero - Performed by
Ayub Ogada

Special Thanks to:
DHL
Government of South Sudan
Ministry of Health
Ebony TV
Juba
And to all who participated

Copyright 2011 True Story Media

Learn more about Ujenzi Trust at www.ujenzi.org

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Kujali international


ku-jali (swahili verb): 1. to care for; 2. to give heed to; 3. to honor


Kujali international is a US 501(c)(3) public charity that partners with local communities to help establish free and low-cost private schools that provide orphaned & vulnerable youth with the tools, resources, and opportunities to overcome poverty and become agents of change in their communities.  Kujali schools are linked to social enterprises that help generate sustainable revenue to off-set operating expenses, while also providing business skills training to students and quality goods and services to the community.

In this way, Kujali endeavors to join grassroots, community-driven efforts as partners and advocates, working together to harness the power of education and social enterprise to alleviate poverty, empower vulnerable youth, and build a more equitable and sustainable world.

- from http://www.kujali.org/about-us

Learn more about Ujenzi Trust at www.ujenzi.org

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Non-profit tip of the day: Google for Nonprofits



Uploaded by googlefornonprofits on Mar 15, 2011

A short video from Google which explains some of the benefits Ujenzi Trust has gained from the program.

Apply today for the Google for Nonprofits program and get access to exclusive products and resources to help your organization expand its impact. Learn more about how free Google tools can help you reach more donors, improve operations, and raise awareness.

Make a change: google.com/nonprofits

Learn more about Ujenzi Trust at www.ujenzi.org

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

100 Best Blogs for Learning About Africa

Here's a great list of blogs from Alisa Miller.

By Alisa Miller
The continent of Africa is the second-most populated in the world and has 53 countries within its bounds. With so many people and nationalities, it should be no surprise that the diversity found there is enormous. While poverty and war are a part of Africa, so is technology, bustling cities, and unique culture found nowhere else on Earth. These blogs bring together the richness and diversity that is Africa with voices covering specific countries, experiences across the borders, news, technology, art, and culture.

Best practices for building Internet capacity in Liberia

Here's an interesting post from the Google Africa Blog on building Internet capacity in Liberia.

Friday, March 25, 2011 | 1:07 PM
En Fran├žais 

(Cross-posted from the Google.org blog)

Over the past year, several Googlers have made trips to Liberia, one of the world’s poorest countries with a per capita GDP of $500. As shown in the figure below, Liberia has one of the lowest volumes of Internet traffic per capita in the world, and ranks in the bottom quintile within Africa.

Historically constrained by slow and expensive satellite connections for Internet connectivity, the country expects to connect to the ACE submarine cable in 2013. This international connectivity will enable the deployment of low-cost infrastructure and accelerate the adoption of inexpensive Internet-enabled devices. As such, Liberia has an excellent opportunity to harness the Internet for economic and human development gains over the next few years.

Read the full post


Learn more about Ujenzi Trust at www.ujenzi.org

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Reaching (way) out

Here's a reprint of a great Boston Globe article about Ujenzi Founder Dr. Thomas Burke.
 
Dr. Thomas Burke with a pediatric
patient at Sagam Community Hospital,
Sagam Village, Kenya 
(image courtesy of www.massgeneral.org)
MGH doctor takes fight for healthcare, rights overseas
By Sam Allis
January 11, 2009

What you see pictured on this page is the copper jacket of a bullet transformed into a cross by a man named Michael. Michael lives in Monrovia, the capital of Liberia. He lost a leg and a foot in the vicious civil wars that rolled through the country in waves from 1980 to 2003.

Michael converts these fragments of carnage into symbols of hope and sells them for a dollar each to feed his family.

Tom Burke gave me one. He's the guy in the other picture who ran into Michael as Michael pounded copper on a street in Monrovia late one evening last year. Burke has been in Liberia countless times since he founded something now called the Massachusetts General Hospital Division of Global Health and Human Rights in late 2006.

This outfit is one of the few hospital-based global health centers in the country. Its goal is obvious, given its name: to improve healthcare and human rights in poor countries, including the fight against global trafficking of sex slaves. (His plan is to teach healthcare workers to recognize sex slaves when they come in with infectious diseases and work with authorities to free them.)

I confess that my eyes glaze over at the legions of do-good outfits performing stupendous acts of humanity in Africa, but Dr. Thomas F. Burke caught my eye. He was approached by the presidents of both Liberia and Zambia to alleviate the deplorable quality of pediatric and maternal care in their respective countries.

Guess how many pediatricians there were in Liberia when he began work? Try zero. Nearly 1 in 4 children there will die by the age of 5.

In Zambia, 10 percent of newborns will die within the first 28 days of life. It goes on.

Liberia teems with the walking wounded after years of war. "Everybody has PTSD," says Burke. To address this situation, he and his team are writing policy for mental health treatment in the country. "Our goal is to train psychiatrists and community-based therapists."

From the start, Burke envisioned a transitional strategy where he and his troops would teach Liberians and Zambians to train themselves as doctors, nurses, midwives, and then vamoose to other countries in need. His goal is, in his words, "to be obsolete in 10 years."

His organization began this training effort in Monrovia last July. There are now two Liberian pediatric residents, three pediatric interns, and a few medical students rotating through from a depleted medical school in Monrovia.

On the other hand, there are now between two and five pediatricians from Burke's group in Liberia at any give time all year. In all, 55 doctors were clinically involved in both countries thus far, 22 pediatricians in Liberia alone. They come from the MGH, the Brigham, Children's, UMass Medical School, the University of Washington, the University College of London.

Some spend a month or so of their vacation time there; others stay for three months or more. Some are doctors, some residents, while others are professors from academic centers here who come to teach.

"People who do this are usually people in their late twenties or early thirties, or the kids are gone or they're retired," says Burke.

I like Burke, a Wenham native, because he's a mensch and because he's got a lot of skin in his own game. He donates 80 percent of his take home pay - not pretax salary - to the center. There may be others out there who take this kind of hit, but I've never met them.

A divorced man with no kids, he lives in spartan fashion and devotes his life to this cause. Only people untethered from family life can make this kind of commitment. They are the engines driving countless relief efforts, but they live single-bore lives.

Burke, 46, was an interesting bird long before he started the Division of Global Health and Human Rights. Trained in emergency medicine, he was an Army doctor for seven years. During that time, he helped build a health plan in 1994 to care for the 28,000 Cuban refugees at Guantanamo.

He directed the emergency department at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, our largest military hospital outside the country, during the Bosnian crisis. He was the doctor attached to the FBI hostage rescue teams at Waco and Ruby Ridge.

By now, everyone knows what happened at these places, and it would take up gobs of space explaining each one.

He has been a senior emergency room doctor for years at the Brigham and now the MGH. The guy has been around. The kumbaya in his soul is tempered by hard experience on the ground.

His organization depends on the kindness of strangers to survive. Foundations and private philanthropy have been anchors to meet its measly $1.6 million annual budget.

It gets in-kind services: The MGH, for example, donated $250,000 in equipment to the operating room Burke is building in Zambia.

He chafes at lost opportunities of other outfits to target those in need. "There is a misalignment of incentives," he says. Rather than devote money to population-based solutions, many organizations - UN agencies are prime examples - spend a great deal on process, he maintains.

More than 80 percent of USAID funds earmarked for help overseas never leave this country, he adds, but instead feed the huge industry here backstopping global relief efforts.

When he's not traveling to Africa, Burke remains in near daily touch with both operations from Boston.

He pauses during our interview to say, "We saved five kids today - three newborns and two infants with pneumonia."

Not a bad day.

Sam Allis can be reached at allis@globe.com.

© Copyright 2009 Globe Newspaper Company.

Learn more about Ujenzi Trust at www.ujenzi.org

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Film: Lost Boys of Sudan


Lost Boys of Sudan is an Emmy-nominated feature-length documentary that follows two Sudanese refugees on an extraordinary journey from Africa to America. Orphaned as young boys in one of Africa's cruelest civil wars, Peter Dut and Santino Chuor survived lion attacks and militia gunfire to reach a refugee camp in Kenya along with thousands of other children. From there, remarkably, they were chosen to come to America. Safe at last from physical danger and hunger, a world away from home, they find themselves confronted with the abundance and alienation of contemporary American suburbia.

Lost Boys of Sudan directed by Megan Mylan and Jon Shenk, won an Independent Spirit Award and screened theatrically in 70 cities across the U.S. to strong audience and critical praise. The film was broadcast nationally on the PBS series POV in the fall of 2004 and earned two national Emmy nominations.

An extensive national outreach campaign has brought Lost Boys of Sudan to thousands of community settings to build awareness and support for refugees and the crisis in Darfur, Sudan.  Read More


Learn more about Ujenzi Trust at www.ujenzi.org

Friday, April 8, 2011

Landmines still threaten food security efforts in S. Sudan

The manual mine clearance team of
Sudan Integrated Mine Action Service
(Photo credit: www.simas-sudan.org)
April 4, 2011 (JUBA) — The urge to boost food security in South Sudan may be a key government priority, but efforts to make this a reality are still being undermined by the existence of landmines in most of the region’s vast areas, local officials say.

Speaking at an occasion to mark international mine awareness day in South Sudan’s capital Juba, Madut Akol, a field coordinator at Sudan Integrated Mine Action Service (SIMAS) said unless these landmines are cleared, achieving food security needs of the southern population may be a myth than reality.

“We are all aware that the biggest numbers of returnees and IDPs [Internally Displaced Persons] have already arrived in South Sudan’s 10 states. I would say there is no shortcut, unless land mines are removed to enable local population produce enough food,” said Akol.

SIMAS, he emphasized, has successfully completed mine clearance operation in the region’s worst affected areas of Liria town, located about 40km southeast of Juba. Currently, he added, the organization has embarked on the highly contaminated areas of Loggo east, where some anti-tank landmines have reportedly been detected and destroyed.

Over the years, however, the organization has worked in close collaboration with key partners such a United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Mine Action Group (MAG) and UN Mine Action Office (UNMAO), among others in providing mine risk education and guidance to various communities.

In 2010, according to UNICEF, more than 80,000 people reportedly received information on protection from mines and the promotion of safe behaviors, while addition 157,000 were reportedly reached with mine risk education through public media.

Akol further cited financial constraints and inadequate technical support as major challenges to the organization’s normal operations, adding that the process of clearing landmines require the collective involvement of all stakeholders, government and partners.

“It’s my hope and indeed the hope of all the national NGOs [Non-Governmental Organizations] that 2011 will be different and full of good things. We expect that South Sudan Demining Authority will make efforts to provide us with funding,” he said.

Founded in 1999 by ex-Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) senior officers, SIMAS has been conducting mine action campaign up to the time when Sudan’s 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) was signed. To-date, the organization remains the only accredited national mine action organization in the semi-autonomous region, after it was fully recognized by the in 2007.

Copyright © 2003-2011 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.
 

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Lost Boys of Sudan Fill in the Blanks of Their Past

Achuil Deng at the AZ Lost Boys Center, where records of the refugees’ early lives are kept.
By MARC LACEY
Published: November 20, 2010


PHOENIX — It has been 10 years since Malek Deng and thousands of other young men known as the Lost Boys of Sudan left war behind for new lives in the United States. But a new digital archive of their refugee records is taking Mr. Deng and the others back to the harrowing days of their youth.

Read full article at NYTimes.com

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Awol Manyang reports from Juba on Southern Sudanese Health Care



Sudanese Health
PressTVGlobalNews
Reporter's File
03-03-2011

"Although the government of Southern Sudan has reportedly achieved a peaceful, free, and fair referendum their still facing many challenges. One of the biggest is the provision of Healthcare in the new country." - Awol Manyang reports from Juba

Friday, April 1, 2011

Waging Peace in Sudan: The Inside Story of the Negotiations That Ended Africa's Longest Civil War


Hilde F. Johnson
Trans Pacific Press, 2011 - History - 248 pages

Sudan is at a crossroads. The country could soon witness one of the first partitions of an African state since the colonial era. The 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement guarantees a referendum on self determination for Southern Sudan, which is scheduled for January 2011. The agreement ended a 20-year old civil war pitting the indigenous population against successive Arab Muslim regimes in Khartoum. By the late 1990s the international community had largely judged the war insoluble and turned its attention elsewhere. Following the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001 a peace process between the government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement and Army (SPLM/A) took hold.

This book shows how that war, which ultimately claimed two million deaths and twice as many displaced, was finally brought to an end. The talks were facilitated by IGAD under Kenyan leadership, and supported by a 'Troika' of the US, UK, and Norway -- whose intense engagement in the negotiations was critical for reaching the peace agreement in January 2005. Although the cast of characters in this drama ranged from President George W Bush and Secretary of State Colin Powell to unnamed officials in east African hotels, two figures stood out: the SPLM/A Chairman, Dr John Garang, and Ali Osman Taha, First Vice President of Sudan.

Norwegian Minister of International Development Hilde F Johnson's personal relationships with these two leaders gave her unique access and provided the basis for her pivotal role in the negotiations. She was party to virtually all their deliberations throughout this crucial period of Sudanese and African history. This book describes this process from a unique, insider's perspective. Her account provides a level of detail seldom achieved in works of contemporary African history and diplomacy.

As Sudan soon faces the most decisive moment in its history, this book is indispensable reading.

Find book here

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

What is the what

by Dave Eggers
Random House Digital, Inc., 2007 - Fiction - 560 pages

"What Is the What" is the story of Valentino Achak Deng, a refugee in war-ravaged southern Sudan who flees from his village in the mid-1980s and becomes one of the so-called Lost Boys. Valentino's travels bring him in contact with enemy soldiers, with liberation rebels, with hyenas and lions, with disease and starvation, and with deadly murahaleen (militias on horseback) the same sort who currently terrorize Darfur. Eventually Deng is resettled in the United States with almost 4000 other young Sudanese men, and a very different struggle begins. Based closely on true experiences, "What Is the What" is heart breaking and arresting, filled with adventure, suspense, tragedy, and, finally, triumph.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Find this book here

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Tackle key children’s issues in South Sudan


Hilde F. Johnson,  
United Nations  
Children Fund’s  
deputy executive  
director. (Photo: UNICEF)
By Julius N. Uma and Bonifacio Taban Kuich

March 27, 2011 (JUBA / BENTIU) - Hilde Johnson, United Nations Children Fund’s (UNICEF) deputy executive director has appealed on Sunday to the southern government to fully commit itself in tacking key issues affecting children in the semi-autonomous region.

Read full article





Sunday, March 27, 2011

Johns Hopkins Center for Global Clinical Health Education



"The Johns Hopkins CCGHE is a center of excellence supporting clinical care and research training in resource-limited settings that complements and builds upon the extensive ongoing international, collaborative research and training programs at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health." - http://goo.gl/BJn0u 

Thursday, March 24, 2011

It Happened On The Way To War



“Rye Barcott’s engaging and candid memoir on the catalytic power of participatory development shows us that, whether we are in the slums of the world’s biggest cities, in rural Haiti, or on college campuses, we can learn from Tabitha, Salim, and Rye—a nurse, a community organizer, and a young Marine living in urban poverty—about how to fight extreme privation and bring about lasting change.” —Dr. Paul Farmer, professor, Harvard Medical School, and co-founder of Partners In Health

Bloomsbury USA, 2011 - 352 pages

Three Cups of Tea meetsOne Bullet Away in this inspiring, literary memoir by a young Marine who finds his calling empowering youth in one of the world's largest and most volatile slumsIn 2000, 

Rye Barcott spent part of a summer living in ten-by-ten-foot shacks in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya. He was a 20-year-old college student heading into the Marines, and he sought to better understand extreme ethnic violence something he would likely face later in uniform. He learned Swahili, asked questions, and listened to young people talk about how they survived in poverty he had never imagined. 

Anxious to help but unsure what to do, he stumbled into friendship with a widowed nurse, Tabitha Atieno Festo, and a tough community organizer, Salim Mohamed.It Happened On the Way to Waris the gripping story of this unlikely trio's journey to build a nongovernmental organization that would develop a new generation of leaders from within one of Africa's largest slums. 

Their organization, Carolina for Kibera (CFK), is now a global pioneer of the movement called participatory development. Timemagazine called CFK a "Hero of Global Health," and dignitaries such as Melinda Gates and Barack Obama have visited to see its best practices. CFK's greatest lesson may be that with the right kind of support, people in desperate places will take charge of their lives and create breathtaking change.

Engaged in two seemingly contradictory forms of public service at the same time, Barcott continued his leadership in CFK while serving as a Marine human intelligence officer in Iraq, Bosnia, and the Horn of Africa. Struggling with the intense stress of leading highly trained Marines in dangerous places, he took the tools he learned building community in one of the most fractured parts of Kenya and became a more effective counter-insurgent and peacekeeper. 

This is a true story of sacrifice and courage, failure and triumph, and the powerful melding of military and humanitarian service. It's a story of what America's role in the world could be.

Monday, March 14, 2011

About the Satellite Sentinel Project


The Satellite Sentinel Project -- conceived by George Clooney -- combines satellite imagery analysis and field reports with Google's Map Maker technology to deter the resumption of war between North and South Sudan. The project provides an early warning system to deter mass atrocities by focusing world attention and generating rapid responses on human rights and human security concerns.
This project is the result of an unprecedented collaboration between Not On Our Watch, theEnough ProjectGoogle, the United Nations UNITAR Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT)DigitalGlobe, the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, and Trellon, LLC.
The project works like this: Commercial satellites passing over the border of northern and southern Sudan are able to capture possible threats to civilians, observe the movement of displaced people, detect bombed and razed villages, or note other evidence of pending mass violence.
UNOSAT leads the collection and analysis of the images and collaborates with Google andTrellon to design the web platform for the public to easily access the images and reports.Harvard Humanitarian Initiative provides system-wide research and leads the collection, human rights analysis, and corroboration of on-the-ground reports that contextualizes the satellite imagery. The Enough Project contributes field reports, provides policy analysis, and, together with Not On Our Watch, and our Sudan Now partners, puts pressure on policymakers by urging the public to act. DigitalGlobe provides satellite imagery and additional analysis.
The Satellite Sentinel Project marks the first sustained, public effort to systematically monitor and report on potential hotspots and threats to security along a border, in near real-time (within 24-36 hours), with the aim of heading off humanitarian disaster and human rights crimes before they occur.
Not On Our Watch -- co-founded by Don Cheadle, George Clooney, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, David Pressman, and Jerry Weintraub -- has provided seed money to launch the project. Please support the Satellite Sentinel Project by donating to Not On Our Watch.
General Inquiries
Isaac Baker
Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
isaac@satsentinel.org

Friday, March 11, 2011

Khan Academy

TEDTalks : Salman Khan: Let's use video to reinvent education - Salman Khan (2011)
via TEDTalks (video) on 3/9/11

Salman Khan talks about how and why he created the remarkable Khan Academy, a carefully structured series of educational videos offering complete curricula in math and, now, other subjects. He shows the power of interactive exercises, and calls for teachers to consider flipping the traditional classroom script -- give students video lectures to watch at home, and do "homework" in the classroom with the teacher available to help.

http://www.khanacademy.org

Related: Khan Academy Education Videos Arrive in the App Studio from BitTorrent blog

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Inexpensive Tools To Save Infant and Maternal Lives in Southern Sudan


Uploaded by on Jan 26, 2011

Doctor Thomas F. Burke, Chief of the Division of Global Health and Human Rights at Massachusetts General Hospital discusses the dire state of infant and maternal health in Southern Sudan and discusses simple tools that can save lives.

For more on this initiative, visit the Division’s Maternal, Newborn, and Child Survival Initiative (MNCSI)

The Division of Global Health and Human Rights (GHHR) of the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) collaborates with numerous partners from around the world to bring innovative, high-impact solutions to a wide variety of resource-scarce settings.

For more on MGH's Division of Global Health and Human Rights visit: www.MGHglobalhealth.org

Ujenzi partners with the GHHR as they marshal the experiences and resources of the MGH community to create systemic change on health issues that affect the most marginalized and vulnerable populations in the world.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Initiative to End Child Malnutrition - Rukungiri, Uganda


January 2010 by Nyakibale Films

Massachusetts General Hospital Division of Global Health and Human Rights
Harvard College Global Hunger Initiative

Learn more at http://goo.gl/lAO8B

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Juba, Southern Sudan Orphanage

Pictures sent Thursday, February 24, 2011 by Ujenzi Trust founding board member Lorraine Shamalla-Hannah.  Lorraine is now on mission for UNICEF in Juba, Southern Sudan.


My friends and I support the only orphanage in Juba.. here are some of the kids. 


Everyone loves little baby musa - he was found in a field his mother laying next to him killed. He had been there for a couple of days dehydrated and very sick. I love this pic of him in his Obama underwear. When he woke up and saw we were there this weekend. he was so excited running all over the place and could not keep up with his little feet. Dr. Burke was with me and said he is still not 100% well.


Justin is a sad one - he was abandoned by his family because he is epileptic and has not talked for a couple of years.. now days, we can get him to smile..

Friday, February 25, 2011

Southern Sudan Medical Education Collaborative Update

SSMEC Students in Juba, Southern Sudan

A note from Thomas F. Burke, MD, FACEP regarding his recent work with the Southern Sudan Medical Education Collaborative in Juba, Southern Sudan

February 17, 2001

Very emotional morning. I am quite weepy behind the darkest sunglasses I have.

We are deep in the trenches "fighting" for these medical students. They are really struggling. The 5th and 6th year students have been moved down from Khartoum with essentially no plan. 25 of them are here in Juba (the rest are scattered about South Sudan till mid March....The government asked me when we can start teaching again thus we set March 23rd as the opening of Medical School). Most of the 25 are homeless and hungry. But, they'll not tell you.

Every day they get dressed up and try to learn by volunteering at the hospital. They read whatever medical textbook they can so long as there is light. They are truly amazing. They are the epitome of humble.

This morning I was granted an hour meeting with 2 senior government Director Generals, and the 25 5th and 6th year students. The 2 government DGs (who themselves have lived through the war, have lived in refugee camps, etc) were surprisingly hard on them. I then saw that they were testing whether the students were committed, honest, and serious, or whether they were only trying to take from the government and move on.

I could hardly protect them, although was aching to do so. But, then it became obvious that this DG harshness was a thin veneer, below which a vast amount love. At least it was evident to my eyes, but likely not to the students.

Finally, one of the students said, "Dr. Baba, may I speak?" Dr. Baba said, "please". The 5th year student then said, with tears in his eyes, "Dr. Baba, I also have lost a great deal. I have been in refugee camps, my parents and brother were killed. I was a child soldier and most of my classmates here in the room were as well. But, we are desperate. We want to help our people and help heal this country. We work day and night to become good doctors. We are beaten, we sleep outside, and we are hungry. We don't complain and we want to look forward with you. We need help from the new government. We were close to becoming doctors but now know no future."

I am just now going to KCB bank with 8 students in tow to set up a bank account to feed the 25 medical students that are here in Juba on an emergency basis, for at least the next 6 weeks. Even though Juba is more expensive than London, NYC, and Boston the students calculated that they need the equivalent of 6 dollars per day for food and water, and 2 dollars per day for transportation, per student.

We are so so fortunate....

Take good care,
Thomas

Chief of the Massachusetts General Hospital Division of Global Health and Human Rights, founder and chairman of the board of Ujenzi Trust.

Learn more >>  Southern Sudan Medical Education Collaborative 
Go to www.ujenzi.org to help.