Child Mortality Rate


Deaths in 1,000 Live Births

In-Country Since


MFH In Sudan

South Kordofan


In 2011, at the end of a 22-year civil war, Sudan divided into two countries: Sudan and South Sudan. In 2013, cultural, economic, and religious tensions re-ignited. Fighting erupted north of the new border in South Kordofan, between government armed forces and the Sudanese Peoples’ Liberation Movement-North. The Nuba Mountains became a conflict zone. Hundreds of thousands of people have fled their homes. There is very little access to health and humanitarian assistance in this region, except for Mother of Mercy Hospital.

MFH has been collaborating with the Diocese and Mother of Mercy Hospital (MMH), led by Dr. Tom Catena, to increase access and improve health care services, particularly for mothers and children in the South Kordofan region since 2014. The overall goal of this project is to reduce the child mortality rates in this area. This project provides clinic-based health services by developing and supporting 6 regional health clinics. It also provides community-based health services by developing and supporting a system of community health workers and birth attendants who provide services to 210,000 people in South Kordofan.

Diocese of El Obeid

This project expands our reach to 8 provinces in the Diocese of El Obeid, one of which includes South Kordofan and the Nuba Mountains area. Through this project, MFH is continuing to build the capacity of health facility managers and health workers, further strengthen health systems and nutrition programming, increase access to services, and expand effective community outreach. Efforts include intensive training in healthcare administration, finance, operations and sustainability, as well as the diagnosis and treatment of malnutrition. Further support for CHWs, job aids, basic first aid kits, clinic renovations, equipment, and supplies for these clinics enable them to provide essential care and improve MCH outcomes.

Project Sites


  • Comboni Missionaries
  • Diocese of El Obeid
  • Mother of Mercy Hospital

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