Fast Track for Healthline Sudan

Spens Posted by John and Poppy Spens on Thu, 27 Nov 2008 | Bookmark: digg this Post this to Post this to Facebook

We recently visited the Diocese of Lainya to meet the Bishop again and to check up on progress with the new Healthline Sudan Primary Health Care Centre, being funded by Irish Aid.

As the photographs show, the building is coming on extremely quickly and we saw the result of just four weeks’ work. The builders are mainly from the International Hospital Kampala but a number of local Sudanese masons are also working on the site. The building blocks are made on site and the builders all share a tent on site.

This was Poppy’s first visit to Lainya as CMSI affiliate after her period of post-operation recovery in the UK. Says Poppy, “I was staggered to see how much the builders had completed. It was thrilling to see the shape of the new building and to imagine what it will look like when it is fully operational.”

Bishop Peter Amidi is delighted with his new partnership with CMS Ireland. He welcomed us very warmly as friends and we introduced us to both church officials and civic officials (such as County Health Officer). Everyone was thrilled that Lainya would at long last have a decent Primary Health Care Centre, which will help people at such a time of huge need, with so many refugees now returning to Southern Sudan.

Bishop Peter (photographed with Poppy) was also delighted to see the progress with the new Primary Health Care Centre and praised God for this new and strong partnership with CMS Ireland.

One other piece of good news is that the road from Yei to Lainya has been improved and we covered the 37 miles in one and a half hours. This will be a huge help to us in making frequent visits to Lainya. In future, the only hold-ups should be when the road is closed for mine clearance. This seems to happen every day for an hour or two. At each end of the stretch of road that has been closed, enterprising shop keepers have opened up small shops, serving drinks and biscuits!