Sherburne Provider Maintains Commitment to South Sudan Healthcare
Kevin Steckline, RPA-C, who has been a local health care provider since 1981, when he began working in the Emergency Services Department at UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital, has worked at the practice that is now UHS Primary Care Sherburne since the late 1980s. He began participating in medical missions in needy locations in the mid 1990s, volunteering in the Dominican Republic for some years and in Haiti in 2010. Since 2001, he and his family members have been active in the work of HealthLine Sudan (HLS), a cooperative venture to improve the health of the residents of Southern Sudan, which is supported in part by Christ Church in Gilbertsville, where his wife, Donna, is deacon/vicar.
HLS is a partnership among the Episcopal Diocese of Albany, Church Mission Society of Ireland (CMS-I), and several other organizations. The partnership raises awareness of the health problems of South Sudan and creates primary healthcare clinics.
The Sudan, the largest and one of the most geographically diverse countries in Africa, is nearly the size of Europe. With an estimated population of 35 million, the country emerged from a 21 year civil war in 2011. The war displaced 2 million refugees into the 9 bordering countries. South Sudan separated from the Sudan by a referendum in 2011. Amid fighting and ceasefires, the people of South Sudan continue to face many challenges. Among them are the lingering needs for adequate health care and food security, which HLS continues to address.