Vietnamese Doctors Offer Free Medical Care for South Sudanese Women

To celebrate International Women's Day on March 8, Level 2 Field Hospital Rotation 5 (BVDC2.5) collaborated with the UNMISS Mission office to provide complimentary healthcare services to women residing in Bentiu town, Unity State, South Sudan.

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Bentiu town is the most challenging region in South Sudan, with its residents facing poverty and an unstable life, especially ethnic minority groups. The people here rely heavily on government subsidies from the United Nations, with vulnerable groups such as young children, the elderly, and women requiring the most attention and protection.

Medical group and doctors volunteering at Field Hospital 2.5 during their trip to Bentiu town (Unity State, South Sudan). Photo: Suckhoe & Doisong

Recently, Level 2 Field Hospital Rotation 5 collaborated with local units in the Bentiu subdivision and various departments at the UNMISS mission to carry out a volunteer trip providing free medical examinations for women in this area.

This program was organized in coordination with individual officers at the Mission office block, friends of Level 1 Hospital from the Mongolian defense battalion, as well as doctors and nurses from local health facilities.

The medical team and doctors distributing gifts and good wishes on International Women’s Day to Sudanese women. Photo: Suckhoe & Doisong

The medical examination package includes general health tests along with gynecological examinations, where individuals receive general and obstetric ultrasounds, reproductive health consultations, as well as guidance on the early detection of common gynecological abnormalities and diseases. The doctors also provide instructions on proper gynecological care and hygiene for women.

After the examination, the women are given gifts including shirts, sandals, hats, and feminine hygiene products.

Dr. Nguyen Ha Ngoc, the Hospital Director, stated that Level 2 Field Hospital Rotation 5 proactively proposed a detailed plan with focal points in collaboration with other units and agencies in the Bentiu subdivision to organize this volunteer work trip. The trip received support and high appreciation from the division’s commander, as it coincided with International Women’s Day on March 8th, highlighting a week of action for women and children.

After the examination, the women are given gifts including shirts, sandals, hats, and feminine hygiene products. Photo: Suckhoe & Doisong

Doctor Huynh Thi Thanh Giang, who is in charge of obstetric examination and consultation, mentioned that during the screening session, two cases of gallbladder and ureteral stones were detected. Additionally, one case of early pregnancy and another case of an expectant mother were identified. Both cases have been scheduled for follow-up examinations, detailed instructions, and suggested courses of action for the patients.

Dr. Nguyen Thi Thanh Hang speaking with a Mongolian woman. Photo: Suckhoe & Doisong

To create a friendly and warm atmosphere during the charity event, Major Tran Thuan Trang (Chief Nursing Officer of Hospital 2.5) and the head of the women’s nursing group, Nguyen Thi Thanh Hang, planned to wrap the most beautiful gifts and make milk tea for the local people. The Sudanese women greatly appreciated these gifts and wished the best for the doctors and nurses of the hospital.

Charlotte Pho