The rains in Sudan’s Nuba mountains typically start in May; but this year they came early. The roads are already filled with water in low-lying areas, causing a lot of trouble for the few vehicles operating in the territory.
But bad weather didn’t stop a very important ceremony from taking place. PPF President Brad Phillips was able to witness the official ribbon-cutting for the new Maternity Ward at Gigaiba Referral Hospital. While the main construction was accomplished in 2020, the finishing touches for securing and equipping the new facility took a bit longer. In fact, there are still many needs at the hospital which we will continue to address in the coming months.
The actual ribbon-cutting was done by the commissioner of Umdorein County, as head doctor Ahmed Zakariah and all the hospital nurses looked on. Dr. Ahmed is very thankful for this new addition to his growing hospital — and growing responsibilities.
The community in Gigaiba is very thankful for their hospital and many came out to celebrate the official opening of a facility which will contribute so much to overall community health.
So many wonderful friends of the persecuted contributed generously to make this day possible. We are very thankful for our partnership with the local church and community, which worked so hard to complete this important milestone.
Maternal and infant mortality rates are extremely high in the Nuba mountains and having a clean, dedicated facility to serving women and mothers along with their babies, is a game-changer.
The Maternity Ward has a 60 bed capacity, as well as two delivery beds and two examination couches.
We will keep you updated on ongoing developments at Gigaiba Referral Hospital, as well as share impact stories of how your “active compassion,” is blessing the lives of women and babies in Sudan.