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John Dau quoted in Voice of America article on Southern Sudan independence, September 23rd, 2011

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Clinics Rising mission is to create advocacy through storytelling for organizations and people doing amazing work in global health care. ClinicsRising is a project of Human Condition.

 

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We tell stories of global health care.


The second short film from our trip to Sudan featuring John Dau Sudan Foundation, is below.


While you are here please take a look at our blog, videos and photography.

Healthcare is a global challenge, we explore these challenges and promote advocacy, tolerance and incite change.

Our first story was set against the backdrop of a post-genocide Rwanda, 12 years after the “War,” where over 800,000 people were slaughtered. Our second story was in Southern Sudan and featured Lost Boy John Dau's clinic during a visit from John Dau Sudan Foundation's medical volunteers.

Our team was embedded in Rwanda for 2 1/2 years, documenting a small NGO’s project: the rebuilding and training of a remote medical clinics. When the Clinics Rising’s documentary team arrived in Bisate, Northern Rwanda, they were presented with a foul-smelling, dirty facility with no running water, no drugs, no power, no sanitation and no doctors. This is medicine in rural Rwanda.

What followed was the amazing transformation of a medical clinic into a thriving community center... all documented on video, audio and film. Within a year and a half, corruption was uncovered and fought, nurses were trained, a meeting center was built, a rainwater harvesting system was installed and local health insurance coverage went from 5% to 95%. The death rate at the clinic declined and the live birth rate increased. The project was a triumph, creating a solid platform for the clinic to sustain its legacy long after the project had moved on to the next village and the next clinic. When the team had to move on to the next clinic in February of 2008, tears were shed and emotions previously never shown broke through.

The worst-performing health clinic in the district was transformed and become the best.

A place where you went to die has become a place to live and thrive.

We launched ClinicsRising.com in February 2008, and have served over 100 hours of media from our site to over 33,500 visitors

We are currently developing a TV property around Clinics Rising that tells the heroic human stories of the locals, the NGOs staffers and volunteers, and the trials of doing fundraising, research, training, travel and building, along with battling corruption and disease. It will feature several different medical clinics and healthcare centers, all going through transformation, as well as the stories of those who have left successful careers and material comforts to pursue greater meaning and service. The locations of the clinics will be worldwide, and range from remote Third World areas to Western urban centers. Rwanda to New Orleans, Thailand to Tennessee.