South Sudan has one of the highest maternal mortality rates (MMR) in the world, estimated at 2054/100,000 live births. Although 46.7% of pregnant women attend at least one antenatal clinic (ANC) visit, skilled health professionals attend only 14.7% of deliveries.
Planned actions to address these appalling maternal and neonatal health indicators include:
- Improve accessibility to better healthcare to pregnant women and children.
- The construction of one hundred primary healthcare facilities, will increase accessibility to comprehensive maternal and child healthcare from 24% in 2012 to 70% in 2015.
- Construct twenty antenatal and maternity centres across the country.
- Develop emergency obstetric and neonatal care guidelines.
- Place and deploy skilled human resources through the IGAD initiative, including surgeons, anaesthetists and midwives.
- Raise the awareness of women and the entire community.