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Snapshot: IAS – Their Only Hope « International Aid Services America

This year IAS celebrates our organization’s 25th anniversary. Our mission is still to save lives and promote self-reliance and dignity through human transformation – going far beyond standard relief and development work. IAS is now present in some twenty countries throughout the world, and our newest program office in the Western African country of Niger opened this past year. Already, IAS-drilled water is flowing and transforming lives there, in one of the world’s poorest nations.

A mosquito net and IAS-provided medical help are a blessing as a new life is welcomed into the world.

As IAS works throughout Africa, drilling wells in desperate nations like Niger, perhaps one of the greatest impacts of our work is in providing assistance with the very basic human need of health care. Imagine what it would be like to live in another area where IAS works, the region of Nyinbuli, Southern Sudan. This is an area with more than 30,000 inhabitants and no health facility until the arrival of IAS in 2006. Before the presence of IAS, the region’s residents had to walk over nine hours to the nearest clinic. Now, in 2015, lives are saved on a daily basis in Nyinbuli, thanks to the sacrifice and dedication of the IAS staff choosing to work and live in this remote part of Sudan.

Almost ten years since the clinic was started in 2006, IAS remains the only hope for the local community when it comes to the provision of health care. Death from malaria is one of the major problems in Africa, and Nyinbuli is one of the most vulnerable areas for malaria in South Sudan, where malaria has proven to be endemic despite efforts to curb its spread.

Usually the peak season for malaria in Nyinbuli is during the months of July, August and September. This past year, however, high infection rates from malaria were seen late into the month of October as well. It has become quite worrisome to the IAS staff that malaria cases seem to be increasing rather than decreasing.

“Be joyful in hope,

- Romans 12:12 NIV

IAS midwife, Holly Holloway, sees the effects of malaria firsthand as she assists young mothers bringing their newborn children into the difficult environment of Nyinbuli. Pregnant women and children under the age of five have proven to be two of the most vulnerable groups when it comes to malaria susceptibility.

Midwife, Holly, takes time to pray with a young mom caught in hard times.

In addition to the other services the IAS health clinic provides in Nyinbuli, a special antenatal care program for expectant mothers helps combat the ill effects of malaria. By providing mosquito netting and malaria awareness programs in the community, IAS is helping mitigate the impact of malaria, giving people hope for tomorrow.

For those of us in the U.S., it is difficult to imagine the kind of physical and psychological conditions that IAS staff members endure to work in Nyinbuli. One of the stresses they manage is the question of whether they will have the resources necessary to carry out their mission well, and whether the work they are doing will be sustained long-term. The annual cost for IAS to run the Nyinbuli clinic is almost $500,000. Your donations or continued giving help relieve these financial pressures, allowing our staff members to focus their energy on providing care and resources for the people of Nyinbuli.

As we begin this new year of partnership together, I’d like to thank you for your generosity over these past years – for standing with IAS in solidarity as we do our best to bring hope to communities like Nyinbuli, South Sudan. Your involvement in our work truly makes a difference between life and death, and we are encouraged by your stand with us to see change and hope spread throughout Africa.

In gratitude of your continued support,

Douglas Mann
President, IAS America

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