‘No escape’ from disease

09:10 03 August 2012

The family Deborah spoke to during her visit to South Sudan.

The family Deborah spoke to during her visit to South Sudan.

Archant

Honiton woman visits South Sudan to see first-hand the conditions and problems faced by those living in the newly independent country.

One in nine children die before the age of five in South Sudan - one of the highest child death rates in the world.

Those are the shocking statistics revealed by Honiton woman Deborah Underdown, who recently visited the country with Care International.

“It is a very poor country. Being newly independent, there is so much that needs to be done - the infrastructure there is very limited and they have under 10 hospitals in the whole country,” she says.

“I’ve never seen people living in such a dire situation.”

Deborah, who is a press officer for the charity, said 800,000 people are in need of emergency assistance including medical care and clean water in South Sudan.

It is estimated that only 25 per cent of people in the country have access to health care services.

However, Deborah fears the situation could get worse as the country enters its rainy season.

She says there has already been a rise in waterborne diseases.

“What struck me was there was no escape from it. We have all this rain in this country but at least we can shut the door and be safe. People there are living with it up to their ankles in mud and children getting sick,” adds Deborah.

She describes meeting a mother-of-five and her family, who were living in a makeshift shelter with ten other people and one bed. Her seven-month-old daughter had died of malaria - all she wanted was a mosquito net.

“Seeing the children covered in mud and putting their hands in their mouths, I thought ‘Don’t do that you are going to be sick’.”

Deborah told the Midweek Herald that the country could potentially get cut off as a result of the rain and travel on the roads becomes very difficult.

On her visit she also travelled to a refugee camp where she met people returning to South Sudan as well as those fleeing from conflict in other parts of the world.

Just over 400,000 people have returned to the country.

The charity is making sure the country has enough medicines, adequate housing and access to clean water and other supplies.

A medical facility was also set up providing treatment and immunizing children against polio, tuberculosis and measles.

“With the situation we need more money so we can do more. There are so many places in crisis - there is a lot of need,” adds Deborah.

“The money people give can actually save someone’s life. It could immunise a child against diseases, give mosquito nets so a child doesn’t die of malaria. Real things money can buy mean a child does not die.”

For more information about Care International visit www.careinternational.org.uk

0 comments

Other News Stories

Bassetts Farm primary school headteacher Sarah Bennett is pictured with some of her children celebrating their recenty Ofsted success. Ref exe 7302-21-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

An Exmouth primary school is celebrating after it received a ‘good’ rating in a recent Ofsted report.

Read more
11:33
Rotakids at Marpool primary school presented NSPCC Schools Organiser Roisin Turley with £2001.79 which was raised by a school hula hoop event. The event was also used to help promote the awareness of the chairty which includes Childline. Ref exe 7311-21-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

A hula hoop event held by the Rotakids at Marpool School raised more than £2,000 for the NSPCC.

Read more
09:51

Exmouth Community College is celebrating after being given £2.4million for new classrooms.

Read more
09:46
Lizzie German from Budleigh will be attending the international UN climate talks in Paris in December as part of the UK youth delegation. Ref exb lizzie2 Picture: submitted

A Budleigh student is preparing to help make young people’s voices heard on the world stage, as leaders debate the planet’s response to climate change.

Read more
09:44
The 2016 Exmouth in Bloom calendar was offically launched at the World of Country Life this week. Ref exe 7129-21-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

The 2016 calendar, sponsored by the leisure park, is one of Exmouth in Bloom’s biggest fundraisers and will pay for new flower displays around the town.

Read more
Yesterday, 18:30
Fashion show

Exmouth Players is hosting a fashion show in early June as a fundraiser to help refurbish the green room and kitchen at the Blackmore Theatre in Exmouth’s Bicton Street.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:21
Exmouth Kite Festival. Ref exe 7249-23-09AW. Picture: Alex Walton

The Exmouth Kite Festival returns to the Imperial Recreation Ground at the end of the month, following a two-year break.

Read more
Tue, 09:32
A concert was held at the Bicton Inn to raise funds for victims of the Nepal earthquake

A concert at the Bicton Inn, Exmouth, raised funds for victims of an earthquake in Nepal.

Read more
Mon, 09:21
Exmouth's county  election map?

Exmouth’s influence on county bosses could be blunted under plans to redraw the electoral map.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 11°C

Most Read News

Great British Life


Great British Life
Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition today E-edition



Exmouth's trusted business finder