HealthNet 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/is 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.
The South Sudanese government plans to tackle this issue over the next few years. It has set itself three goals:
Over the next three years, HealthNet will support the government in achieving these goals, together with the consortium partners Cordaid, KIT, and the International Medical Corps UK.