In July 2011 I was fortunate enough to travel to South Sudan to experience the birth of Africa’s newest nation. The country was jubulent and it was certainly an event I will never forget. While there I met some medical students struggling to become the first generation of South Sudanese doctors at The University of Juba College of Medicine.
In a country the size of France without a single paved highway and with less than 50 licensed doctors for its 10 million people, the importance of citizens like these was palpable. This lead me to create I Heart Juba MDs, a personal fundraising project to tell the students’ story and help raise funds for them through the sale of custom designed t-shirts.