IMA World Health/staff

January 9, 2014

In mid-December, fighting erupted in South Sudan and it has opened ethnic divisions within the country. Reports say hundreds and possibly thousands of people have been killed, and nearly 500,000 more have been displaced.

This outbreak comes just two and a half years after the nation achieved independence and promised a brighter future for its residents following decades of civil war.

We at IMA World Health are deeply saddened by the loss of life and stability resulting from this conflict. We have been working to advance health in South Sudan for more than five years, and our current projects are focused in Jonglei and Upper Nile states, where the current wave of fighting has been most severe.

But we are not giving up. We are thankful that a peace agreement has been signed. IMA international staff have returned to South Sudan and determined our course of action as we prepare to aid those displaced by the conflict in the areas outside the cities of Malakal and Bor.

To date, we know that many hospitals and facilities IMA has supported for years have been looted and damaged. We will be there to help rebuild, restock and resume operations as soon as we can.

“I think things are getting better in terms of violence,” IMA’s Larry Duffee wrote after arriving in South Sudan’s capital Juba this week. “The humanitarian situation, however, remains dire for all those trapped in the camps that are scattered around the country. Even Juba has a number of places where refugees have gathered.”

We invite you to join us in praying for peace and restoration in South Sudan, as well as for the health and safety of innocent people and for the IMA team.

We are also in great need of funds to help repair and replenish medicines and supplies at hospitals and clinics. Health care is a critical need, and we need your help to support these facilities and the people of South Sudan in the wake of this conflict.

For a more detailed look at our planned response review our South Sudan Recovery plan.

IMA currently implements the Rapid Results Health Project in Jonglei and Upper Nile States. Funded by the World Bank, this project is aimed at supporting all 3.2 million people with greater access to primary health care.