Strengthening Midwifery Services in South Sudan

Reporting Organization:UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund
Total Budget ($CAD):$ 50,500,000
Timeframe: December 15, 2015 - December 15, 2020
Status: Implementation
Contact Information: Unspecified

Partner & Funder Profiles

Reporting Organization

UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund

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Country - Total Budget Allocation

South Sudan - $ 50,500,000.00 (100.00%)

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Areas of Focus

Health - Total Budget Allocation

Health Systems, Training & Infrastructure (60 %)

Reproductive Health & Rights incl. Maternal Health (30 %)

Health Promotion & Education (10 %)

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The 5-year Strengthening Midwifery Services (SMS) project (phase 2), supported by Global Affairs Canada, is led by the UNFPA in partnership with South Sudan’s Ministry of Health and
Canadian Association of Midwives (CAM). CAM will provide direct peer-to-peer mentoring support and technical expertise from practicing Canadian midwives, as well as other MNCH

One important goal for the project is to build the capacity of recent midwife graduates practicing throughout South Sudan and strengthen the national midwifery workforce. Currently, 15 National United Nations Volunteer (NUNV) midwives, all recent graduates, have been deployed across South Sudan’s 10 states. CAM will be twinning each NUNV with a recent Canadian midwifery
graduate. Through remote peer-to-peer support and mentoring, it is anticipated that the sharing of ideas, skills and learning will be promoted and capacities, both in Canada and in South Sudan,
will be strengthened.

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Target Population

Gender and age: Adult women Adult men Under-5 children Newborns
Total Direct Population: 354,560
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1 Interim Nursing and Midwifery Council to regulate the professions established
1057 Online mentoring exchanges completed
4 One Stop Centres for victims of GBV established
850 Health workers trained
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Results & Indicators

Expected Results

The expected intermediate results for this project include: (1) improved delivery of quality gender-sensitive and environmentally sustainable education for health care providers in South Sudan; (2) improved delivery of gender-sensitive and environmentally sound maternal, newborn, and child health services by midwives, nurses, clinical officers and other health care professionals in targeted health facilities in South Sudan; and (3) strengthened enabling environment at the national and state level to facilitate gender-sensitive midwifery and obstetrics practices in South Sudan.

This project is part of Canada’s maternal, newborn, and child health commitment.

Achieved Results

Results achieved as of March 2019 include: (1) graduation of 45 nurses and 174 midwives; (2) provision of antenatal care to 235,500 women and neonatal care to 58,817 babies, and attendance of a skilled health professional at 59,444 births; (3) completion of 1,057 online mentoring exchanges between Canadian and South Sudanese midwives using online software, social media and/or email; (4) establishment of an Interim Nursing and Midwifery Council to regulate the professions in South Sudan; and (5) establishing four One Stop Centres providing medical, psychological, and legal assistance to victims of Gender Based Violence in one place, which to date provided assistance to 580 survivors. Overall, these results have contributed to an increased availability of midwifery and reproductive health services for women, making high-quality midwifery and nursing education easier to access, and have helped reduce maternal and infant mortality.


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Associated Projects (If applicable)

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