Country: South Sudan
Client(s): Department for International Development (DFID)
Services: Technical Assistance, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Research, Training, Quality Assurance and Improvement, Capacity Development
Technical Expertise: Maternal, Newborn & Child Health, Environmental Health, Family Planning & Reproductive Health, Health Systems Strengthening, HIV, Nutrition
With more than 2,000 deaths per 100,000 live births, South Sudan has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world. South Sudan also has the fourth highest infant mortality rate in Africa,with 151 children dying before the age of one. Since 2009, JSI has aided in the efforts to improve and provide the basic package of health services to people of Wau, South Sudan in partnership with the local County Health Department and the Western Bahr Ghazal State Ministry of Health.
The South Sudan DFID Project is a year-long initiative begun in 2011 which is building on the success of the Sudan Health Transformation Projects I and II (SHTP I and II). With a goal of improving the access and utilization of health services in Wau, South Sudan, JSI’s approach in Wau County has been to strengthen the Wau County Health Department to manage their own health facilities to expand access to basic, high-impact health services, increasing South Sudan’s capacity to deliver and manage these services, and promoting community level engagement.
Under the guidance of the Wau County Health Department and the Western Bahr el Ghazal State Ministry of Health, the South Sudan DFID Project strengthens and builds capacity to provide high-impact health and sanitation services and technical services to 12 health facilities in Wau County. JSI’s actions in this effort include:
Within Wau County, the Project works to improve the well-being of children, mothers, and families, focusing on strengthening the demand and use of the Basic Package of Health and Nutrition Services. The attention on the implementation of health services has been within the seven priority areas identified in the South Sudan health policy: Child health, nutrition, malaria, maternal health, family planning,water and sanitation, and HIV/AIDS.
- Providing the Basic Package of Health and Nutrition Services;
- Completing basic maintenance, water sanitation and hygiene for all facilities;
- Community mobilization, empowerment and participation; and
- Data collection (monitoring and evaluation).