South Sudan became a sovereign state in 2011, after nearly 50 years of civil war between the North in the South. Since 2013, the country has fallen back into a violent civil war. Due to the insecurity result, the delivery of primary and secondary health services is challenging and demands for care are not being met, especially for vulnerable populations. Maternal mortality and morbidity has increased and there are significant concerns around sexual violence and poor coverage of skilled delivery care in many areas.
After several short-term support missions, WAHA has been improving technical capacity to support obstetric care and comprehensive fistula services in South Sudan since 2014.
SEE CURRENT MISSIONS
Juba University Hospital
Obstetric and fistula care
WAHA has been supporting the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University Hospital of Juba, one of the largest hospitals, by helping to provide comprehensive care for mothers and newborns and ensuring operations of simple and complex obstetric fistulas.
We also provide fistula care in hospitals across the country including:
• Aweil Hospital in Northern Bahr el Gazal State in northwestern South Sudan near the border with Sudan
• Wau Hospital in Western Bahr el Ghazal State
Increased political instability lead us to temporarily put our obstetric fistula treatment program on hold. However, we are on stand-by in order to restart this program as soon as the security situation allows and plan to send our teams back to South Sudan.