Marilyn Miller Memorial Clinic
In 2012, The Healing Kadi Foundation took the first step towards delivering sustainable health care to the people of South Sudan. When Marilyn Miller, a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Omaha, Nebraska, passed away, her estate provided an amount to be used for missions. CPC purchased three Clinic-In-Can structures from Hospitals of Hope in Wichita, Kansas for $80,000 which they donated to The Healing Kadi Foundation on July 8, 2011. Together these structures are a fully functioning modern medical facility equipped with exam rooms, X-ray, surgical suite, pharmacy, laboratory, and office. After a long journey by truck, train, and ship, the Marilyn Miller Memorial clinic opened in Kajo Keji, South Sudan on June 17, 2013.
Medical Services prior to 2017
The out-patient clinic was staffed with 25 full-time employees of South Sudanese origin. The clinic staff were instrumental in meeting the medical needs of the community year around. Patients traveled from as far away as the Capital City of Juba and different parts of northern Uganda. The out-patient clinic was integral to the development of the community. The quality, reliable, and modern medical care offered at the clinic was known throughout South Sudan through the testimony of former patients. Since the clinic was opened in 2013 until the time it relocated to Northern Uganda in February 2017, 114,480 patients have been treated.
Training Facility in South Sudan
A recovery room was added to the out-patient clinic structure in 2016 to allow our doctors to better treat the sickest patients, fully utilize the surgical suite in the clinic, and increase our ability to train medical students. The clinic facility also served as a training facility for students in the medical fields under the supervision of our professional medical staff. This initiative has helped us to recruit talent that is critical to the delivery of sustainable health care in South Sudan. The clinic is a foundation for achieving our mission.
Operation Cost in South Sudan
The HKF model of care is geared towards self-sustainability. As a result, we have asked the community to contribute 30% of the operational cost at the beginning of the clinic, a third is funded by medical service fees from patients while the remainder of the budget is covered by donations. Through training and better use of the local resources, it is anticipated that in five years, the clinic should be self-sustaining. Revenue generated from treating patients is not only key to sustaining the out-patient clinic, but also gives the community ownership and empowerment in the development of South Sudan. Patients who do not have cash often pay for their medical services through barter trade which involves things such as cassava, sweet potatoes, peanuts, chicken or goats.