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Project SHARP

04-12-2012

HealthNet TPO is partner in a consortium that was awarded Eur 8,3 million by the Dutch Government to support the South Sudanese government in its efforts to reduce maternal mortality. The South Sudan Health Action and Research Plan (Project SHARP) aims to improve health services for mothers and children in South Sudan. After years of conflict, South Sudan became an independent country in July 2011, but its medical infrastructure was in ruins. This has had dramatic consequences for mothers and children: for every 100.000 births, about 2.000 mothers die, and an even larger number suffer from inadequate medical care during pregnancy and labour.

After years of conflict, South Sudan became an independent country in July 2011, but its medical infrastructure was in ruins. This has had dramatic consequences for mothers and children: for every 100.000 births, about 2.000 mothers die, and an even larger number suffer from inadequate medical care during pregnancy and labour.

Three goals
The South Sudanese government plans to tackle this issue over the next few years. It has set itself three goals: 
• Improve access to, and quality of, health care for mother and child
• Scale up health promotion and protection interventions so as to empower communities to take charge of their health
• Strengthen governance and management aimed at effective, accessible and efficient healthcare

Over the next three years, HealthNet TPO will support the government in achieving these goals, together with the consortium partners:
• Cordaid
• KIT
• International Medical Corps UK

HealthNet TPO Programmes in Southern Sudan

Post-conflict Health Systems strengthening programme 
Since 2004 HealthNet TPO is active in Western Bahr el Ghazal State through Dutch government funding, which got a follow up through again Dutch government funding (MFS II) in 2011. The programme encourages the State Ministry of Health (SMOH) to take charge of the full implementation of health service provision. The Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) in Juba released treatment guidelines for Primary Health Care Centres and Primary Health Care Units to which HealthNet TPO contributed with regard to mental health. The capacity of three established County Health Departments (Aweil North in Northern Bahr el Ghazal, Raja and Jur River County in Western Bahr el Ghazal) is strengthened to ensure that health service delivery is expanded and improved. Read more…

Community Systems Strengthening programme
In addition to the health systems strengthening component of the MFS II programme, HealthNet TPO also works on strengthening community systems in South Sudan. The overall goal of this part of the programme has been defined as: “Community members are able and motivated to undertake action and take responsibility towards an improvement of their well-being and health.”

Editors' note
For more information, contact: Mr Matteo Cassolato , Tel: +31 (0)20 620 00 05 
Email: info@hntpo.org


 

Health Systems Strenghtening in South Sudan


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