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Project profile: Strengthening Midwifery Services in South Sudan

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Basic Information

Project Number:
Maximum CIDA Contribution:
Executing Agency — Partner:
Start — End:
2012-03-28 — 2015-09-30


  • South Sudan: 100%


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 575 health workers are expected to graduate during the project, including 343 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.


Improving health
  • Personnel development for population and reproductive health (013081): 93%
  • Health policy and administrative management (012110): 7%


Expected Results

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.

Related Information


Contracts, Grants and Contributions

Recipient NameDateType
UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund2012-03-28Grant