We left Poole at lunchtime on Saturday, and after a long and tiring (but fairly uneventful) trip via Nairobi, reached out hotel in Juba at lunchtime on Sunday – Sudan is currently 3 hours ahead of GMT. Our rooms are basic Nissan type huts with rather odd plumbing, but by Sudanese standards the hotel, situated on the Nile, is very pleasant.
That’s just as well as we are still here in Juba, 200 miles from our destination Wau: we have been told that we could not be booked on to the Monday internal flight; we were hoping for a standby flight today but the plane broke down…this seems to happen to us here with predictable regularity! We made the best of yesterday, visiting the Ministry of Health to see our friend Dr Loi, the Director General, and received a very warm welcome. We then spent some time at Juba Teaching Hospital where Antoinette, Ally and Judy went to observe some excellent teaching to community health workers, carried out by Dr Louis Danga (paediatrician). The four months Dr Louis spent with us in the Poole Paediatric Clinic appears to have reaped benefits. Jane (our midwife) and I went to see the labour ward: it’s Jane’s first visit toSudan, so she was surprised at the volume of deliveries (12-14) two midwives may have to deal with in one night. Back at the hotel we met up with David and Claire Atwood and caught up on all their news.
It’s pleasant enough sitting by the Nile working on our teaching programmes &c, but we are feeling very frustrated that we are not yet in Wau, and still waiting for news of our flight…as I have been told many times “you see that’s how it is here”!!!
1 Judy blows up a football for Louis Danga’s sons
2 The Director General insists that Hilary sits at his desk