Country: South Sudan
Services: Technical Assistance, Training
Technical Expertise: Newborn and Child Health , Health Systems Strengthening, Health Supply Chain Management
JSI worked to integrate health services and messages into basic education in the three transitional counties of Sudan (Blue Nile, South Kordofan, and West Kordofan). The Health, Education and Reconciliation Program (HEAR) was a three-year project funded by USAID that ran from 2006-2009. The goal of HEAR was to improve the quality of primary education and link education to community mobilization and essential health services. JSI's role was to build the capacity of teachers, parents, and the community in an effort to:
- improve immunization coverage and nutritional standards;
- create and strengthen linkages between health clinics and the primary school system; and
- raise awareness regarding best practices for improved hygiene and basic sanitation for primary school children.
Specific activities included recruiting and training health workers, integrating health education training into pre-service and in-service teacher training and conduct an assessment to determine whether to recommend a supplemental food program for the schools.