The main objective of the project was to improve healthcare for inhabitants of the Maridi region, South Sudan, through building a new healthcare centre with regular physicians, providing information on proper healthcare.
Due to lengthy wars, the country lacks facilities providing these services. Preventive programmes increasing healthcare awareness are also missing. The effects include low average life expectancy and high morbidity and mortality, especially by children and mothers.
Thanks to the project, a hospital was built in Manguo, close to the city of Maridi, which was officially open on November 20, 2012. The hospital provides regular professional healthcare services. It also offers healthcare for more distant areas, thanks to a mobile ambulance.
The health awareness of people was also raised by introduction of preventive educational programmes and animations in municipalities of the region. The following issues were discussed: care for children, nutrition, HIV/AIDS, vaccination, hygiene, natural medicine, etc.
Almost 20,000 people living close to the facility and accessible by the mobile ambulance created the target group of the project. The project also serves more distant or migrating citizens.
The project was carried out in cooperation with the BOSCOAID and supported by budgetary resources of the Slovak Republic through SlovakAid, the official programme of development assistance, by the sum of 244,516.77 euro.