South Kordofan

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CHW in South Kordofan

Community Overview: This project is located in South Kordofan State in the Nuba Mountains region of southern Sudan. South Kordofan is an impoverished area that is also involved in violent conflict with the Government of Sudan. The result is that many of the 2.5 million people in the area are suffering. Children are dying at an extraordinary rate from the high levels of malnutrition, malaria, diarrhea, and respiratory infection that accompany poverty and conflict… and from the lack of basic healthcare services. The Mother of Mercy Hospital currently provides the only healthcare services in this area.

Service Area Population: More than 200,000 people, depending on refugee migration.

Project Partner: Diocese of El Obeid and Mother of Mercy Hospital

The Catholic Diocese of El Obeid operates the Mother of Mercy Hospital (MMH) in the Nuba Mountains in the Heiban region of South Kordofan State. Before this project, there were basically no other hospitals, clinics or community based programs serving the people in this area.

Project Overview: MFH is collaborating with the Diocese and MMH to increase access and improve health care services, particularly for mothers and children in the South Kordofan region. The overall goal of this project is to reduce the child mortality rates in this area. This project is reaching out from the Mother of Mercy Hospital to: 1) provide clinic-based health services by developing and supporting 4 regional health clinics 2) provide community-based health services by developing and supporting a system of community health workers. The project will provide these services to 210,000 people in South Kordofan with the hope of expanding throughout the Diocese. The project will also strive to strengthen the managerial capacity of the diocese and the leadership staff of MMH to integrate these services with hospital-based services.

The extraordinary work of the South Kordofan Project Team, with support and collaboration from MFH, has resulted in four health clinics now serving the areas surrounding the hospital. This has greatly increased access to healthcare for people in these outlying communities. The clinics are seeing nearly three times the number of children and other patients that was initially projected. The need for this life-saving care continues to be much greater than initially assessed.