Best Clinical Officer – Save the Children Fetes Elizebath Rial for Saving Lives of Children in South Sudan.

Wednesday 8 March 2023

 In this video interview and social media video, Elizabeth explains the symptoms and what she is seeing children suffering with every single day.

A portrait of Clinical Officer, Elizabeth, outside the stabilisation centre she works at in Akobo West, South Sudan.

The hunger crisis is getting worse. More and more children are suffering from SAM. But what does SAM mean? Elizabeth is a health worker who won Save the Children Global Health Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of her outstanding work and excellent performance in delivering safe and quality clinical services over the past years in South Sudan where Elizabeth sees children every day who are struggling.

From distended stomachs to breathing struggles, no child should have to suffer this. Hunger hurts, but it doesn't have to. Plumpy nut is a simple solution to the problem and Elizabeth is always there doing what she can to save lives of children in South Sudan.

 “In a year of unprecedented challenges, your hard work and diligence, living the organisational values and commitment to save children’s lives has inspired our staff around the world.  We thank you for all your hard work and dedication, and look forward to serving children with you in 2023, said Dr Zaeem Haq Save the Children International Global Director – Medical Services.


Elizabeth treats twins Nyaboth* and Nyakong* for S.A.M at a stabilisation centre supported by Save the Children in Akobo West, South Sudan

“Thank you for Recognizing my hard work, I am glad the project was a success and I enjoyed being part of it. Our ambition is to save lives and I will always dedicate my time and  effort to do what I can to deliver the services to the people in need. With  support from Save the Children, thank you once again and I appreciated your recognition”, said Elizabeth after being announced the best clinical officer for 2022.

This is the second time in two years Save the Children International Global Health team is awarding health workers from South Sudan for their hard work. In 2021,: Deborah David, 28, from South Sudan was awarded certificate of appreciation for being the best midwife.

With Support from USAID/BHA, Save the Children provides services through mobile clinics in the Akobo area, where Elizabeth has been providing clinical services in extremely challenging conditions walking long hours, often through water (during recent flooding) to support children, women and new-borns living in conflict situations, working with minimal resources.

Written by Tito Justin/Save the Children.