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It has been realized that due to the over 21 years of the civil strife in the South Sudan, infrastructure and basic amenities actually collapsed and this has indeed resulted into high mother and child mortality rates and in view of this prevailing fact in the South Sudan and following the signing of the secession referendum, much has to be done to increase monitoring facilities that will check on these unfortunate happenings in this era and time.

In this regard, various Faith Based Organizations (FBO) operating in the South Sudan and providing Health and other Development and Relief services unanimously agreed in 2006, that they start a Community Midwifery Training School at Leer Township in consultation with GOSS, Ministry of Health and UNFPA to come on board as the main donors. This resulted into the founding organizations mandating PRDA to manage the school while the rest of the organizations provide the needed support; hence the Community Midwifery Training School was established and commenced operations in February, 2006. It is however sad to report here that unfortunately none of the founding organization still works today with PRDA on this bright idea for a number of reasons with some of the organizations having since moved from Leer to other parts of South Sudan and others like CEAS have since wound up.  The FBOs that came together then were CEAS, ACROSS, Church and Development (C&D), World Relief, Presbyterian Relief and Development Agency (PRDA. This training school located in Leer has been in operation there training Community Midwives in Western Upper Nile since 2006 and has since continued to thrive strongly with the support of the Presbyterian Church, GOSS MOH, Partner Organizations, the Local Administration and the Leer Community to say the least.

In view of this foregoing fact, PRDA sanctioned a survey to establish the magnitude of the problem of the high mortality rates; in the area and it was discovered that Sudan has a high fertility rate of 6.7. Antenatal coverage of 16% and skilled health workers attend to up to 5% births. It was further estimated that HIV prevalence amongst adults aged (15-49) is put at 2.6%. It should be mentioned at this point here that the midwifery training actually draws its inspirations from the PRDA Vision that seeks to reconcile and empower the communities by training Midwives to continue contributing positively in the reduction of mother and child mortality in the South Sudan. As a matter of fact, the institutional Goal of PRDA is to contribute positively to the reduction of Maternal and infant Mortality rates and reduce the enormous incidences of morbidity related problems in pregnancy to the women in the South Sudan. The main aim here is to intervene by attempting to reduce the high incidences of maternal and infant mortality by the training of Community Midwives to provide professional obstetric services thus ultimately improving the health of the mother and child in the South Sudan.

As a point to note, the trainee nurses are recruited for the Community Midwifery training are drawn from the 10 Counties of the seven States in the South Sudan and the recruitment is actually often conducted by the Churches, International Organizations and the GOSS. The students are sponsored by PRDA, the GOSS, and other organizations such as Tear fund for this 18 months course period and the Training School uses the Community Midwives training curriculum developed and provided by the Government of South Sudan (GOSS), MOH.

Unfortunately, over the years funding to support this very viable school project has steadily been dwindling and currently the only sources the school is receiving support from are Mission 21 and the Uniting World, Australia. All our efforts to fundraise for this vital project have so far yielded little positive results.  Now that South Sudan has become a new state, manpower is a critical issue the government is grappling with. This certainly needs to be taken seriously for the good of the people of South Sudan.

It has been observed that the major challenges facing this project from inception have mainly been the limited funding the training program has been receiving with Mission 21 being the main donor but hope that with the support from the Uniting World Church who has come on board, things will be a little better, nevertheless owing to this funding gape facing the school; several critical areas have as result not been addressed such as communication equipment, Demonstration room, School Library, School Transport and Lighting provision. The school management in consultation with PRDA has put in place a Management Board entirely for the purposes of managing the training school. To this end we undertake to share the outcome of an evaluation conducted by an External Consultant whenever it will be ready.

 

Uror Project

Uror Project

Thte main goal is to improve the livelinoods of the people of the people of Uror county through a two pronged approach; improved food security and establishment of income generating activities.
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Maiwut Project

Maiwut Project

Maiwut community based agriculture program (MCAP) addresses income and food security it is also key in building of local authority and the local community
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Leer Project

Leer Project

The program impacts positively to the reproductive health of the women in the community by trining qualified midwives and reducing the maternal mortality
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Akobo Project

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The program has intergrated both agriculture and health aspects of the community in the region addressing both primary health care issues and food security
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Pochalla Project

pochallaPochalla Project

The Pochalla Community intergrated program has the componenets of Agriculture, Health and Education and has been operational since November 2012
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