SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- As the instability and violence in South Sudan continues for a second week, Humanity United today announced a grant of $50,000 to the Real Medicine Foundation to provide supplies, medicine and support to the Juba Teaching Hospital during the current crisis.
According to Dr. Martina Fuchs, founder and CEO of the Real Medicine Foundation, Juba Teaching Hospital is one of the only safe places for urgent care. "Unfortunately, the hospital is completely flooded with patients," Fuchs said. "Many people have been killed and many are arriving with severe wounds, and there is an urgent need for blood. Many patients are dying because of a lack of basic resources and supplies."
Juba Teaching Hospital is a 580-bed facility and the only referral hospital in South Sudan. With an estimated population of 10.84 million, the country suffers from a lack of proper functioning primary health care facilities. As a result, many South Sudanese have nowhere to go but this national referral hospital.
"As we all know, the situation in Juba and throughout South Sudan remains very tense and unstable," said Randy Newcomb, President and CEO of Humanity United. "This grant will be used to procure medicine, medical supplies and equipment for Juba Teaching Hospital."
Humanity United has been involved in peace building efforts in Sudan and South Sudan since 2005. In recent weeks, the foundation has publically called on South Sudan's leaders to commit to peace and show restraint in their actions. Humanity United is supporting other relief efforts and is currently working with diaspora leaders to make sure their voices are heard in South Sudan.
About Humanity United
Humanity United is a U.S.-based foundation dedicated to building peace and advancing human freedom. At home and in the corners of the globe where these ideals are challenged most, we lead and support efforts to lift up the voices and will of people, ensure good governance and the rule of law, engage markets and business as a force for change, and encourage the exploration of promising ideas and innovations to end conflict and slavery—all with the belief that everyone has the right to a life that is peaceful and free. Learn more at www.HumanityUnited.org or follow us on Twitter (@HumanityUnited) and Facebook. Humanity United is part of the Omidyar Group: www.omidyargroup.com.
About Real Medicine Foundation
Real Medicine Foundation is at the new frontier of humanitarian aid, creating long-term solutions to health care and poverty-related issues around the globe. By creating efficient models and adaptable solutions, we empower people, providing necessary care and strategic resources so we can pave the way for communities around the world - in the US, Africa, Latin America, and Asia - to become strong and self-sufficient. Please visit www.realmedicinefoundation.org.
SOURCE Humanity United