On April 7th, 2018, a partnership between CMMB South Sudan, Diocese of Tambura/Yambio, the Comboni Sisters, Edmund Rice Foundation Australia, Sudan Relief Fund, Aurora Prize, Loyola Foundation, Sisters of Charity Incarnate Word, and Kenda Onlus, celebrated the laying of the first brick, launching construction of a much-needed operating theater, maternity ward, and blood bank at the St. Theresa Hospital in Nzara, South Sudan.
The ceremony was presided over by Bishop Eduardo Hiiboro Kussala, the Catholic bishop of Tombura-Yambio diocese in South Sudan. Also in attendance, the guest of honor, Hon. Governor Daniel Badagbu Rimbasa, Hon. Hussein Enocka, Minister, State Ministry of Health, Gbudue State, Hon. Elia Box Richard, Commissioner, Nzara County, Gbudue State, and Vicar General Fr. Anthony Bangoye.
CMMB has made history here today with Bishop Eduardo Hiiboro Kussala
Increasing Access and Care at St. Theresa Hospital
St. Theresa Hospital is owned by the Diocese of Tambura/Yambio and operated by the Comboni Sisters. The hospital provides health services to Western Equatoria State and surrounding countries, including Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Central African Republic. The hospital catchment area is approximately 300,000 people.
The lack of proper surgical capacity at the hospital leads to major challenges for patients who are critically ill, including pregnant women who face complications. The distance and challenge to reach the nearest hospital with surgical care often means the difference between life and death.
The project aims to remedy these deficiencies and expand capacity at the hospital to more fully meet its mandate to provide quality health services to all those who seek them. It will include the construction of a surgical wing, with an operating theater, a surgical recovery ward, a maternity ward, and a blood bank, where voluntary blood donation, screening, and storage will occur.
It is estimated that once complete, this building project will benefit more than 17,000 patients annually in Nzara County and surrounding areas. It will be especially important for the most vulnerable, including pregnant women, newborns, and children.
The goal of this project is to strengthen the local health system to meet the surgical needs of the community, with emphasis on pregnant women.