‘It will be difficult when the rains come’

  • Apr 12, 2017
Children wait for the water to turn on at a central water point in Bor, South Sudan. (Bigstock/Wollwerth Imagery)

You can save lives in South Sudan for as little as $25 right now.

Because of your $25, Dr. Deng Mayom Deng will be able to buy desperately needed rehydration therapy to treat people who are dying from an unexpected outbreak of cholera in Duk County and Bor. “We are doing our best to handle the situation,” the executive director of Sudan Medical Care said.

But he needs your help—and he needs it TODAY.

The rainy season is expected to begin next week, making travel nearly impossible and spreading disease farther and faster.

The current outbreak led to an influx of 215 patients to SMC’s health facilities since the end of March. “The centers were not prepared to receive and manage that many cases in a short period of time,” Dr. Deng said. More patients are coming in every day.

The looming famine and ongoing insecurity have forced millions of people from their homes. As they travel, they don’t have safe water to drink and lack access to adequate sanitation. Cholera spreads rapidly in communities where people have settled.

Cholera causes severe diarrhea and vomiting, which leads to dehydration—and eventually death.

The good news is treatment is simple and inexpensive. But SMC must mobilize now to prevent more suffering. IMA has partnered with SMC for many years as part of our tireless efforts to ensure health, healing and well-being for all. But we can’t do it alone. We need your help.

“Whatever support comes to us, I can guarantee you it will be well-used because it will save lives,” Dr. Deng said.

Act now. Your donation must reach South Sudan before the rainy season starts.