And while the challenges are many, IMA recognizes that empowering and mobilizing local structures and individuals fosters local ownership and, importantly, hope.
Bout Diang, payam administrator, commented, “IMA started working in this state many years ago. Without the support they are giving us, I doubt if we would be receiving any medical care. When we sit with IMA staff, they always tell us that one day things will be okay. We feel emotionally better, and strong to bear the challenges we are facing. Now with the mosquito net distribution, IMA is having us lead the exercise and select our own people to do the job.”
And now, through our collaborative efforts, people in Diang’s community—and some two million others across the Greater Upper Nile and Greater Jonglei regions—have bednets to help protect them from malaria, South Sudan’s number one health threat.
Founded in 1960, IMA World Health is a global, faith-based nonprofit that works with communities to overcome their public health challenges.