One of the greastest threats to a woman's life in South Sudan is getting pregnant.
Can you imagine?
You get the news you are expecting a child and your first thought is "I wonder if I will live through this?". Forget choosing cute names, color coordinating a nursery or having a themed baby shower. "Will I die during childbrith?....Will my child live very long after birth?"
These are all too real questions for women in South Sudan.
A staggering 1 out of 7 women will die during childbirth or shortly after. This is the highest maternal mortality rate in the world. 1 out 9 infants won't reach their 5th birthday. The harsh realities of living in a war torn nation have exhibited their prowess for taking lives in more ways than in the fighting. The dark and cold shadow of war has left South Sudan's precious mommas and babies to suffer under the weight of decades of conflict. Years of struggle have lent themselves to a lack of resources lack of education and for many a lack of Hope.
in the midst of uncertainty and fear, Hope anchors itself firmly in the black soil of Central Equitoria State. Bet Eman. Translated to English means ''His House of Hope'
A hospital started in 2012 to help meet the needs of South Sudanese women and children and stand head to head with odds that have taken too many lives. Don't be decived by looks. At His House of Hope a women can get pre-natal care, invaluable education, and, incredibly, a life saving cesaran section. Children can get vaccinated, treated for diseases and patients are admitted for more monitored care. And patient's experience the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
I am humbly joining the nurses and doctors already hard at work here in South Sudan and all more qualified than I am (I am trained in Adult ICU nursing care)! I have a lot to learn....about labor and delivery, pediatrics, South Sudan and about working in a limited resource facility, but I am ready! I am thankful for this life changing opporunity.
There is Hope for the women in South Sudan. There is hope for their little ones!
Don't be overwhlemed by the work, the statistics, or by the odds.
You can change someone's future.
Every life matters. A single life matters.
And this hospital can be the difference between life and death.
Billy and I are financially supported to do this work by partners here in the United States (and around the world!) Consider partnering with Billy and me to live and work in South Sudan CLICK HERE for ways to support us.
*pictures are used from His House of Hope's official website or affiliate blogs"