South Sudan has some of sub-Saharan Africa's lowest health indicators, with high incidences of maternal and newborn morality rates, the latter of which is largely preventable. Compounding these issues are food insecurity, migration to due conflict, poor living and sanitation conditions, limited access to education and employment, disease, lack of quality maternal care services, cultural practices surrounding pregnancy, and a host of other concerns that hinder South Sudan's development. This leads to situation where only 10% of women give birth in health facilities with skilled birth attendants.
The overall purpose of the project is to improve access to maternal, newborn, and infant health services by increasing pregnant, women of child-bearing age, and recently-pregnant womens' knowledge of quality maternity resilience and newborn care, increasing these groups' access to quality health care, and improving staff knowledge of maternal and newborn care among South Sudan Red Cross and Country Health Department staff.
The project targets 40,000 women, 30,000 men and 40,000 infants, of which 10,700 new-borns), and indirectly 15,000 people.
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The Netherlands Red Cross
Disaster prevention and preparedness
Disaster Management Phase
Prevention and mitigation