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18 August 2019 - Story

My proudest moment

Sauda at work. Frederik Lerneryd / Save the Children

This year's World Humanitarian Day is recognising the women at the heart of the humanitarian response.

Sauda Kalulu, 27, is a clinical officer working in our emergency health response for South Sudanese refugees in northern Uganda.

She explains her proudest moment in her role:

"I was at the clinic earlier this year when a mother rushed in with a young boy. He was 14 months old, called Moses, and he was on the brink of death. He had severe diarrhoea and dehydration, which can be deadly, and was also suffering from malaria.

We treated him immediately to try and rehydrate him, and admitted him into the clinic for the next week. His diarrhoea continued and he was so weak we struggled to find a vein for an IV. It looked at many times like he might die, but his mother didn’t give up and neither did we.

We treated and monitored him for the whole week. It made me feel so proud when he was discharged and went home healthy.

I see him and his mother quite often around the settlement, and his mother often comes back to the clinic. Five months later, he’s looking very healthy and very happy. I love that our work save’s children’s lives and changes children’s lives for the better.

We treat about 150 patients a day and many of them are children. The children we treat could grow up to be a leader in the future. They could change the world. I decided to train in medicine when I was about 12. My younger sister has brittle bones and one day she fell and broke her bones. It made me want to grow up and save lives and help people.

The only challenge is the funding – patients really need our services and they’re unsure what will happen when funding runs out."

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