An American doctor is fighting for the health and well-being of patients in an area of Sudan that's no stranger to violence.
Dr. Tom Catena ofthe Sudan Relief Fund's (SRF) Mother of Mercy Hospital in Gidel says Sudan has been battling warriors in the Nuba Mountains for many years.
"The hospital itself has been bombed twice since back in 2014," he reports. "Our immediate area has been bombed on multiple occasions. The primary school, which is right next to us, has been bombed. The village itself has been bombed, and our neighboring village has been bombed multiple times."
Dr. Catena is tasked with seeing 350 patients a day for cases ranging from general medical services to surgery. He also sees to the 2,200 victims of the air raids.
"We're the only referral hospital for this region, which is the size of Austria," he shares. The area has between 1.3 and 1.5 million people, and his organization provides "everything from maternal care, from C-sections in the difficult deliveries to neonatal care, taking care of premature babies and all adult medical and surgical care."
Dr. Catena refuses to leave the area, and SRF has launched a major Nuba 2020 campaign to raise $7.5 million to sustain the 435-bed hospital and increase the number of medical clinics in the Nuba Mountains where medical assistance would otherwise not be readily available.