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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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The Wyman Worldwide Health Partners Story

The Story

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.

Founders Ro and Bill Wyman started Wyman Worldwide Health Partners as a non-profit working at the grassroots level to develop effective, sustainable and replicable solutions to one of Africa's most difficult problems:  the delivery of primary healthcare to remote rural communities.

Their goal is to develop a comprehensive cost-effective medical model for the delivery of basic primary healthcare to remote rural communities. Their model is structured to develop practical solutions that are sustainable, replicable and effective.

Our team was in Rwanda for 2 1/2 years, documenting this small NGO’s project: the rebuilding and training of a remote Rwandan 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.