Showers of Blessing for Yei Opening

Posted by Colin Corbridge on Wed, 05 Mar 2008 | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

In Southern Sudan it is said that if it rains before a special event it is a sign that God is blessing the occasion. On the morning of Friday 29th February, untypical during the dry season, it rained just hours before the official opening ceremony of the new Diocese of Yei Primary Health Care Centre, the Martha Clinic.

Funded by CMS Ireland, with generous support from Irish Aid and others, the new facility was officially opened by the Irish Ambassador to Sudan, Gerard Corr, who had flown in for the event. CMS Ireland was represented by Director of Mission, Ian Smith, and David Gough, Regional Mission Partner for the area. A number of other dignitaries attended, including the state minister of health and local government officials, and the new Archbishop-elect, Rt Rev Daniel Deng Bul.

The new clinic will help the local church address one of Southern Sudan’s most pressing needs – healthcare. Decades of civil war, which claimed more than 2 million lives and displaced over 3 million people, devastated Sudan’s infrastructure, including its healthcare provision. Functioning hospitals, clinics and trained personnel have remained in short supply since the peace agreement in 2005 and as the Church looks to help people rebuild their lives again it has embraced a profound concern for both physical and spiritual health.

In her speech, during the opening ceremony, Poppy Spens of CMS Ireland (Martha Clinic Co-ordinator) thanked Irish Aid and CMS Ireland for their generous support. Poppy paid special tribute to the staff saying, “In terms of commitment they are the best team I have ever worked with”.

Mr Corr praised CMS Ireland and the Diocese of Yei for their partnership and for their commitment to provide improved curative and preventative health services, “I am really impressed with what has been achieved here and truly grateful for the invitation to attend.”

Ian Smith paid tribute to the vision of his predecessor, Cecil Wilson, in working with the Diocese in developing this and other schemes. He also praised the work of International Medical Group and its Chief Executive, Dr Ian Clarke, for delivering such a high quality Clinic and staff training, which provide a beacon of professional standards to be copied across Southern Sudan.

If you would like to learn more about our work in Southern Sudan please contact our Regional Mission Partner, David Gough.