Strengthening Health Systems

The main focus of this grant is on increasing South Sudanese capability to deliver and manage their existing services. It addresses four of the main constraints to effective service delivery, as identified in the national health policy, namely

(i) Lack of skilled manpower at all levels of the health system,

(ii) Lack of appropriate equipment and supplies,

(iii) Lack of a well-functioning disease surveillance and response systems, and

(iv) Poor infrastructure and support services.

The project will construct, renovate, equip and support the operations of facilities that strengthen health systems delivery. This will include the renovation of two teaching institutions for nurses, midwives and laboratory technicians, five state M&E offices, two laboratories at state hospital level, and 29 antenatal clinics and maternity wards, theextension of the Central Medical Store (Riverside Warehouse), and procurement of pharmaceutical waste incinerators. The programme will also strengthen the MoH-RSS capacity in pharmaceutical and supply chain management and health training institutions, as well as strengthening the Health Information Management

Outputs (2014 AWP)

Output 1: South Sudan health systems workforce capacities strengthened

Output 2: South Sudan has access to safe and effective drugs

Output 3: Health Information System strengthened at national and state level

Output 4: Health systems related service deliveries including laboratory service, safe blood banks, ANC /PMTCT and Community Resource centres strengthened

Output 5: Project Management activities


  • UNDP in collaboration with the Ministry of Health (MoH) Pharmaceutical Directorate trained 21 (13 male and 8 female) MoH staff from Wau, WBeG State on drug supply management
  • 8,600 data collection tools and registers that improved standardized recording and reporting in the country were printed and distributed to the health facilities.
  • UNDP in collaboration with the MoH Research, Monitoring and Evaluation Directorate conducted training on Health Management Information Systems (HMIS) tools use for 28 central and state Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) staff (26 male and 2 female) which improved the completeness of reporting from 42 percent to 75 percent at county level.
  • 76 supervision visits to all Health System Strengthening (HSS) sites were conducted, focusing on civil works.
  • Three blood banks in Juba, Wau and Malakal are equipped, but not yet operational due to the pending arrival of reagents and the employment of three national blood bank officers to run the blood banks.
  • Four community resource centres were completed. However, only Torit and Nasir centres are functional. Kimba resource centre is pending installation of a generator house and V – sat whilst Yambio resource centre is located in a new area where there are no government services.
  • 60 health care providers (35 male and 15 female) were trained on various aspects of universal precautions and infection control in Yei and Bentiu.
  • 81 health workers (60 male and 21 female) were trained on Maternal New-born and Child Health (MNCH) /PMTCT in Malakal, Jonglei and Aweil.
  • 30 health workers (27 male and 3 female) were trained on blood safety in Malakal.
  • 100% of all new TB patients registered under DOTS were notified to the National Tuberculosis Programme including treatment and cases of relapse as a result of training for health workers,
  • 100% of HIV positive pregnant women who visited the 22 ante-natal clinics or delivered at a health facility received a complete course of ARV prophylaxis to reduce the risk of mother-to-child-transmission

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