To be honest, I have been struggling to write a second blog post. The first one was easy, everything was new, and it was basically an introduction to...
"Approximately every ten days, depending on how many international field workers are here, you are on-call. I was so afraid to sleep too deeply and miss a call that I had my radio at top volume next to the pillow."
"These follow-up rounds are very similar to hospital work anywhere: lunch must be served, drugs should be administered, bedding must be washed and changed, and discharge planning needs done."
Amy is a nurse from Canada working in Lankein, South Sudan. This week she blogs about working the hospital night shift, complications in treating malaria patients, and encounters with hedgehogs.
Amy is a nurse from Canada working in Lankien, South Sudan. This week she discusses adjusting to life in the field along with the implications of malnutrition in children.
Over 1.9 million South Sudanese people have been displaced from their homes since conflict broke out in December 2013. 1.4 million of these people remain within the country, while more than 470,000 are seeking refuge in neighbouring countries.
Of those internally displaced, over 100,000 people are living across the ten Protection of Civilian (PoC) sites inside UN bases across the country; others are in remote and hard-to-reach areas, often cut off from all basic services. Access to health care in these areas is a major concern as existing health facilities were either looted or destroyed, and staff fled for their lives.
Even before the current conflict, South Sudan had some of the lowest health indicators in the world. The conflict has devastated the country’s already fragile healthcare system and a lack of sufficient medical supplies is a serious issue in many health facilities.
During the conflict, MSF has had to relocate services to pre-existing facilities which have become overstretched. We have built tented hospitals, worked under temporary shelters and set up inflatable hospitals. With over 3,800 local and international staff working in the country, we have set up emergency projects to respond to the growing needs of people directly affected by the crisis.