The project aims to reduce the number of mothers and newborn babies who die in South Sudan by providing women with greater access to high-quality midwifery services. The project consists primarily of training midwives, nurses, and other health workers at four National Health Training Institutes across the country. It includes developing a midwifery program at these training institutes, improving the training facilities, obtaining the equipment required, and improving the ability of the faculty members and administrative staff at the training institutes to teach and manage the new midwifery program. The project also works to improve the ability of the Ministry of Health to manage and regulate the education of midwives.
A total of 540 health workers are expected to graduate during the project, including 315 midwives. More than 20,000 babies are expected to be born in the hands of a midwife or midwifery student over the course of the project.
This project is part of Canada's maternal, newborn, and child health commitment.
The expected intermediate outcomes for this project include: increased number of pregnant women attended by a qualified midwife or other health care professional with midwifery competencies, including emergency obstetric and newborn care; enhanced enabling environment that ensures increased availability, accessibility, and utilzation of quality skilled maternity care, including obstetrical and neonatal care services for pregnant women.
Results achieved as of March 2015 include: (1) 261 health workers, including 202 midwives, have graduated from four Global Affairs Canada (GAC)-supported Health Sciences Institutes and are now contributing to meeting the vast needs for maternal and newborn health services across South Sudan; (2) an additional 175 midwifery and nursing students are currently enrolled in the four GAC-supported Health Sciences Institutes; (3) scholarships have been provided to 33 doctors and clinical officers for further education in obstetrics and gynecology, including emergency care and anesthesia. Upon completion, these health workers will provide specialized clinic services and quality instruction to clinical officers and medical doctors; (4) a national program for the bachelor’s degree in emergency obstetrics care was developed at the University of Juba, with 26 students scheduled to start the program in 2016; and (5) national faculty has been strengthened, with six national tutors completing studies in education and teaching skills (pedagogy), and a national principle of one of the training institutes completing a master’s degree in health services management.
These results have contributed to more pregnant women being attended by a qualified midwife or other health care professional with midwifery competencies, including emergency obstetric and newborn care; and an enabling environment that ensures increased availability, accessibility and utilization of quality skilled maternity care, including obstetrical and neonatal care services, for pregnant women.
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