The container’s safe delivery marks a major milestone in Doc2Doc’s South Sudan Pilot Program—a project that will provide more than $5 million in medical supplies to three hospitals in Goli, Yei, and Maridi over the next three years. “We are going to South Sudan because no one else will.” said Chris Larsen, Chairman of the Doc2Doc Board. The shipment is the first step in a multi-year commitment to “bringing modern medicine to the world’s newest nation” according to Larsen.
“As the Medical Director of Goli Hospital, I’m pleased to witness the arrival of the container,” said Dr. Isbu Dhata, adding that the supplies and equipment inside will go a long way toward helping those who are “suffering with various kinds of sickness in the area.”
Twenty-five percent of children in South Sudan will die from common childhood illnesses before the age of five. South Sudan also holds the highest maternal mortality rate in the world (2,000 per 100,000 births—a mother here has a 1 in 7 chance of dying in childbirth at some point in her lifetime).
Through ongoing supply deliveries, the installation of a telecommunication system, administrative assistance and the introduction of a comprehensive metrics and monitoring program, Doc2Doc aims to improve these statistics and increase community access to health services throughout the region.
The container delivery coincided with the first annual Hope for South Sudan event, hosted by Halmar International and Doc2Doc, to raise awareness of D2D's new project in South Sudan. The event, hosted by Peter Godwin, was held on July 16th at Tribeca Rooftop in New York City.