Star-Tides network responds to emergency in South Sudan

On December 23, 2012 a small electrical fire turned devastating for the first modern clinic in Old Fangak, South Sudan. After three years of construction, roughly half of the nearly completed clinic, most of its medical supplies, and solar power generators were destroyed in a matter of minutes. Among the ruined medical supplies was a year’s worth of medicine meant to treat Kala-azar disease, a prevalent parasitic disease that is lethal if left untreated. Following the devastation, Jon Waterhouse, a National Geographic Fellow (NGF), reached out to fellow NGF and TIDES’ Ethical Advisor John Francis, requesting any support our organization could provide, large or small.