CARE supports around 40 health centres across South Sudan. Many of them operate during conflict times, with doctors and nurses tirelessly caring for the wounded.
This photo essay depicts one of these health centres.
The hospital: Pariang – a small town of 11,000 inhabitants located in Unity State, South Sudan. Surrounded by vast grasslands the hospital employs 10 dedicated staff and it opened an operating theatre in April. Before then, all severe cases had to be referred to the town of Bentiu, which is more than 120 kilometres away.
When conflict broke out in South Sudan in December 2013, the roads became too dangerous – and CARE established the operating theatre to treat the wounded and those in need of medical assistance. The hospital holds 30 beds with separate rooms for women and men. From Monday until Friday, it opens its doors for a long queue of people, many of whom walked several kilometres to get here.
The doctor: Dr. Sam Ibrahim, 44, has been working in the Pariang hospital since 2012. He is one of two doctors at the hospital.
“When the fighting started, people came here with serious injuries. We treated more than 200 patients with gunshot wounds. In May, the fighting subsided. But we don’t know what will happen tomorrow. Normally, we treat mainly malaria, respiratory diseases, measles, diarrhea. The challenge is that we don’t have enough staff. We have two doctors, six nurses and only one trained midwife. If she is away, we have no one who can assist pregnant women.”