The world’s newest nation, South Sudan has some of the worst health indicators in the world. With funding from Evangelische Entwicklungs Dienste / Church Development Service, Germany (EED), RPHCP has been the flagship health programme of AAH South Sudan operating in Maridi, Ibba, Mundri West and Yei in Western and Central Equatoria States of South Sudan. RPHP works to improve health service delivery in 35 Primary Health Care (PHC) facilities, Maridi Nurses/ Midwifery Training School and Maridi Hospital. AAH South Sudan has been a key ally of government, gaining recognition for the support in the development of the primary health care (PHC) system from the community to the policy level. This includes strengthening the referral system between health facilities, developing human resources for health by improving the number and skills of health staff, and support to development of local authorities and village health committees. It has also improved access to essential health services, including EPI, Safe motherhood, and basic sanitation.
Achievements as of September 2015
We have been actively involved in improving the health of the South Sudanese communities. Some of our efforts include construction of health facilities. In 2015, we have constructed two health facilities (Kendila and Kundulu) in Morobo and Mundri counties respectively-bringing the services closer to the communities. Critical services offered at these facilities include pre and post-natal services, child immunisation and family planning and all geared towards improving the health of mothers and children.
Other achievements include:
AAH South Sudan is supporting the training of nurses and midwives at the Maridi Nurse Training School to address the severe shortage of qualified health workers in South Sudan where prolonged conflict has adversely affected the health system. In 2015, 40 skilled medical practitioners; 20 Nurses (5 females and 15 males) and 20 Midwives (14 females and 6 males) are undergoing training with an aim of deploying them to various health facilities throughout the country upon graduation.
Project Title/No.: Regional Primary Health Care Programme
Start Date: April 2009
Project Area: Central Equatoria and Western Equatoria