Project profile — Emergency Obstetrics in South Sudan


WHO - World Health Organization (41143)
2011-03-21 - 2017-12-31
Global Affairs Canada
WGM Africa

Country / region 

• South Sudan (100.00%)


• Population Policies/Programmes And Reproductive Health: Reproductive health care (13020) (100.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (significant objective)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


The project aims to establish 24-hour comprehensive emergency obstetrical and neonatal care services in hospitals in Southern Sudan. It is designed to improve women’s access to care to reduce maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity. The project covers at least eight hospitals and is expected to benefit 150,000 women and children. An estimated 210 hospital personnel are being be trained in all aspects of obstetrical and neonatal care services, including clinical and training guidelines. The project is expected to staff the hospitals adequately and provide them with access to appropriate drugs, supplies, equipment and facilities for 24-hour emergency obstetrical and neonatal care services. This project is part of Canada's Maternal, Newborn and Child Health commitment.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: 1) increased availability and quality of comprehensive emergency obstetrics and newborn care (CEmONC) within hospitals in South Sudan; 2) increased access and utilization of comprehensive emergency obstetrics and newborn care (CEmONC) services among targeted women and their families in South Sudan. The ultimate outcome is reduced maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity in Southern Sudan.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of the end of the project in December 2017 include: (1) 182,640 beneficiaries were reached, including 52,843 women who received emergency obstetrical care and 4,898 who received caesarean sections, 6,494 newborns who received emergency care or resuscitation, and 44,563 normal deliveries supported; (2) the construction of maternity waiting homes at two hospitals and maternity wards/surgical theatres at six hospitals was completed; (3) creation of an outreach and referral system to connect pregnant women to maternal care; and (4) over 2,000 health care workers were trained in obstetrical and neonatal care services, including 15 doctors who were trained in obstetrics and gynaecology. These results have contributed to the effective delivery of maternal health services such as the provision of antibiotics, blood transfusions and surgery, and supporting the achievement of safer deliveries in targeted health facilities.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Contributions to specific-purpose programmes and funds managed by implementing partners
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