Emergency healthcare for mothers and children
Six months after the outbreak of violent conflict that broke out in South Sudan in December 2013, we supported AMREF Flying Doctors in their response to the humanitarian crisis, aimed at improving access to basic healthcare for 2,929 displaced mothers and 3,393 children in the hard-to-reach Reggo district, in Terekeka County.
Skills building, health education and the training of local health staff were the key components of this programme, which achieved the following results over a six-month period:
- 2,919 displaced mothers and 1,697 children gained access to maternal health care services.
- 3,393 children received treatment for malaria, pneumonia or diarrhoea.
- 862 pregnant women each attended four antenatal visits and 646 benefited from the support of a qualified healthcare worker during delivery, such as a midwife, doctor or other trained professional.
- Essential equipment and medicine were supplied to the 9 main health centres, especially antibiotics, fortified foods, micronutrient supplements, antipyretics, bandages and gauzes and treatments for malaria and diarrhoea.
- 75 health workers and local caregivers in the 7 Reggo district health centres were trained in maternal and child health (34 community health agents, 31 vaccinators, 5 midwives, 4 clinical officers and 1 nurse). Twenty-five of them were specifically trained in the Integrated Management of Childhood Illness, a proven successful approach to combating a range of childhood illnesses in children under 5.
- 54 members of 7 Village Health Committees (essential local health administrative units that act as a bridge between the healthcare system and communities) were trained to improve their knowledge of insecticide-treated bed nets and how they can be used to prevent malaria
- 2 Village Health Teams were assisted to increase community awareness of maternal and child healthcare, nutrition and hygiene, and to provide information about the health services available in clinics.
- 87 members of mothers’ support groups (mother-to-mother groups) were enrolled and properly trained.