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Snapshot: Saving Lives in Southern Sudan « International Aid Services America
A newborn recovering in the IAS clinic after almost bleeding to death from an untrained woman’s attempt at tying the umbilical cord

The evening is not unusual for Charity Lanman, IAS team leader of the Nyinbuli clinic in Southern Sudan.  Charity and her four team members are once again confronted with multiple emergencies — situations they are ill-equipped to handle with their limited capacity and resources at the Nyinbuli clinic.

An adult has overdosed on pain killers, needing to be immediately escorted out of the country by one of the valuable team members.  Another staff member is returning from a medical emergency with the clinic’s only vehicle — he is unavailable.  Only two team members and a visiting guest remain for the clinic’s night shift.

This evening, the IAS staff will fight to save lives.  In addition to the overdose patient, a newborn and four-year-old have arrived – both in critical condition and unable to travel to better medical facilities.  Charity, her remaining team member, and guest will be up all night checking respirations of each patient every fifteen minutes, praying to be able to stay awake through the night and asking the Lord that the two children may improve enough by morning to be able to be transported to a hospital.  Another child arrives with meningitis….

In the early morning hours, approximately 1:00 am, the clinic’s team is confronted with their fifth emergency – a young mother who has just miscarried but retains the placenta.  She is literally bleeding to death.  She will need to survive another night without the vehicle before the team can hopefully transport her to a hospital.  This is the third night for Charity and her staff running on almost no sleep.

Such is life for the IAS team in Nyinbuli, Bahr El Ghazal, Southern Sudan.  Before Charity established the IAS clinic in 2006, residents of the region (a population of over 30,000 in the immediate area) were required to walk over nine hours to the nearest clinic.  Now, in 2011, lives are saved on almost a daily basis in Nyinbuli thanks to Charity and her team.

An IAS staff member visiting from our Khartoum office holds a baby she helped deliver in the Nyinbuli clinic’s makeshift delivery room

With your help,
lives are being saved in Nyinbuli, Sudan!

It is difficult to imagine the type of commitment required to leave the relative comfort of life in the United States for the stress, problems, and insecurity of Southern Sudan. But for Charity, who will go if she and her team do not?  And who will fill the void created if Charity and her team leave?

For the family of this young mother who has just miscarried, or for the mothers with children under Charity’s care, a monetary value cannot be placed on the job the IAS team does at the Nyinbuli clinic.

But it does take money to run the IAS clinic in Sudan. For those of us living in the U.S., it is difficult enough to imagine the psychological conditions under which the IAS team must live and work in Nyinbuli.  Can you imagine the pressure and stress of not having the financial resources necessary to carry out your mission as well?

Please stand with IAS America in partnership this month in support of Charity and her team in Southern Sudan.  Your prayers and financial gifts are making the difference between life and death in a region in desperate need.

And tonight, as you rest your head on your pillow, say a prayer for the missionaries like Charity who are desperately relying on the strength of the Lord this evening to save a life.

Respectfully yours  —

Douglas Mann
IAS America

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