Deploying Midwives to South Sudan

Reporting Organization:UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund
Total Budget ($CAD):$ 10,600,000
Timeframe: March 27, 2013 - March 31, 2017
Status: Completion
Contact Information: Unspecified

Partner & Funder Profiles

Reporting Organization

UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund

Participating Organizations

Funders (Total Budget Contribution)

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Country - Total Budget Allocation

South Sudan - $ 10,600,000.00 (100.00%)

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Areas of Focus

Health - Total Budget Allocation

Reproductive Health & Rights incl. Maternal Health (100 %)

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This project aims to reduce maternal and newborn deaths by increasing women’s access to qualified midwives in South Sudan. It places 45 United Nations (UN) volunteer midwives in health facilities in all 10 states of South Sudan (30 international and 15 national midwives). The UN midwives facilitate about 150,000 safe deliveries, provide at least 300,000 women with prenatal care, and mentor more than 1,000 midwifery and nursing students studying at Canada-supported and other health sciences training institutes in South Sudan. This project is part of Canada’s maternal newborn and child health commitment.

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Target Population

Gender and age: Adult women Under-5 children Newborns
Descriptors: Urban Rural
Total Direct Population: 451,000
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3315 Health workers trained
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Results & Indicators

Expected Results

The expected intermediate outcomes for this project are: increased use of quality midwifery services and care by pregnant women in South Sudan; and increased delivery of maternal and newborn health services by mentored graduate midwives, midwifery students, health workers and health care providers in South Sudan.

Achieved Results

Results achieved as of March 2016 include: (1) all 30 international UN volunteer midwives have been recruited and placed, and are now providing urgently needed maternal and newborn health services at hospitals and primary health care centres throughout South Sudan; (2) 291,728 pregnant women received prenatal care and more than 56,988 safe deliveries were conducted under the supervision of qualified midwives in targeted hospitals and facilities; (3) 3,315 health workers, including midwifery and nursing students, were trained on sexual and reproductive health, emergency obstetric care and midwifery skills; and (4) over 1706 midwifery and nursing students received clinical instruction and guidance from the UN midwives.

Six midwives trained by the project are providing maternal, newborn and child health services in protection of civilian (POC) sites run by the United Nations, as well as in nearby communities hosting internally displaced persons.

These results have contributed to an increased availability of midwifery and reproductive health services for women and girls across South Sudan, including those displaced by conflict; increased capacity of midwives and health workers to deliver emergency obstetric care to women; and strengthened capacity of graduate midwives, midwifery students and health workers to deliver gender-responsive reproductive health and midwifery services.


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Associated Projects (If applicable)

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