Presbyterian Relief and Development Agency
PRDA, P.O Box 40, Malakal, South Sudan
Mon-Sat: 09:00 - 17:00

PROGRAMS IMPLEMENTED SO FAR
Health Programs are implemented in Aboko through a County Hospital and 4 static periphery Health units spread out in AKobo. Due to limited funding, the Hospital has been handed to IMC (International Medical Corps) through negotiated
agreement to run. Subsequently, PRDA manages a Midwifery Training School that was formerly located at Leer County, in Unity State until it was relocated to Lokichoggo after fighting broke out in South Sudan on 15th December 2013. To date 79 ladies have graduated from this institution.

MANAGEMENT

Health Programs are implemented in Aboko through a County Hospital and 4 static periphery Health units spread out in AKobo. Due to limited funding, the Hospital has been handed to IMC (International Medical Corps) through negotiated agreement to run. Subsequently, PRDA manages a Midwifery Training School that was formerly located at Leer County, in Unity State until it was relocated to Lokichoggo after fighting broke out in South Sudan on 15th December 2013. To date 79 ladies have graduated from this institution.

THE ‘WASH’ PROJECT

The WASH (Water Sanitation and hygiene) has been implemented in the past in Uror and Pachalla with substantial results. The successes in Uror are 4 shallow water wells sunk and are operational. In Pochalla we have gained strides by convincing the community members to abandon the harmful traditional practices through Health Education and reduction of diarrheal diseases by improved sanitary measures. We employed a new technique of manual drilling that we attempted for two wells with little success. Manual drilling methodology has been tried also in Juba with some hope of a breakthrough in the future. When this method of drilling is successful the cost of sinking shallow wells shall be reduced by 70%.

IMPORTANCE OF CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT

To ensure sustainability, PRDA is committed to the concept that human resource is the most valuable asset in its program implementation and has always underscored the importance of capacity development of its staff from inception. Apart from the continuity of the programs, PRDA ensures that the institution has capable staff that can be relied upon to operationalize the Organization activities the Organization towards achievement of its Mission, values and working principles as prescribed. This is just to reinforce the great saying that, “if you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100years train or teach the people”.

WHAT DRIVES US?

The communities that we serve have been very cooperative, receptive, participative and ready to own the programs which has been a motivation factor in program management that is geared towards sustainability of all the programs.

The most asked question has been what drives us to persistently and consistently want to provide a service in such unpredictable environment of South Sudan? We have always said, we have passions to render our small contribution of service to develop and improve the social and health status of the marginalized and disadvantaged people in this delicate environment so as to alleviate disease and suffering.

The Program challenges have been so loud and although, funding towards the programs has always remained limited, PRDA shall continue to explore alternative sources of funding to continue serving the communities through program implementation.

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