South Sudan has the fifth highest maternal mortality rate in the world at 789 out of every 100,000 births (World Bank, 2017), and an infant mortality rate of 63 per 1,000 births, ranked in the bottom 10% of the world (WHO, 2015).
The South Sudan Midwifery Training project was aimed at reducing the number of infant and maternal deaths by training qualified midwives to work within the communities of South Sudan. In recent years, due to conflict in South Sudan, the training and practice of midwifery moved into South Sudanese refugee camps in Kenya.
As of July 2018, UnitingWorld has concluded support for this project, as the ongoing conflict and instability in South Sudan meant limited opportunity for real impact. We remain in partnership with the Presbyterian Church of South Sudan and support their work towards peace and trauma healing, a necessary precursor to sustainable development.
We have trained 43 midwives so far. When the school in Leer, South Sudan was destroyed, we moved the school to a refugee camp in Kenya where the students had fled, where they continued their training.
Presbyterian Church of South Sudan through the Presbyterian Relief & Development Agency
Relief & Development (tax-deductible)