South Sudan

“Having to choose which patient to monitor and delaying surgery because of a lack of basic monitoring are problems that myself and the other anaesthetists at Juba Teaching Hosptial will no longer have to worry about.”

– Dr Clare Attwood, anaesthetist

Surgery by torch light at Juba Teaching Hospital_2010_SudanThis is a picture of an operation taking place by the light of a mobile phone.  It’s not an unusual sight.

As Clare explained,  “South Sudan is a brand new country, adjusting to its newfound independence.  The infrastructure and the finances are not yet fully developed, and hospitals frequently have no electricity or running water.  However, when there is emergency surgery to be done, we have to work in spite of this. It is not uncommon to start a procedure with electricity and finish without.”

When the lights go out, the last thing you need is for the monitor to follow. That’s why the Lifebox® pulse oximeter was designed to run on rechargeable batteries. They last for 14 hours when fully charged – long enough to see a patient safely off the table and into recovery.

We’ve worked with a number of different NGOs, volunteer anaesthetists and local organizations to help improve the safety of anaesthesia and surgery in South Sudan.