Gender and Global Fund

UN South Sudan 04 1627Mid-wives training. Photo: ©UNDP/Julie Pudlowski.

Gender Results in Strengthening Health Systems Project in 2015

  • In partnership with the Global Fund and Ministry of Health, UNDP built five ante-natal care (ANC) clinics, three maternity wards, and two state laboratories. These facilities benefited 239,301 mothers and contributed to 53 percent in the country from 34 percent in 2012.
  • UNDP provided drugs and diagnostic tests to 50 percent of the 72 Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) sites in South Sudan.
  • Forty-one percent of the estimated 9,000 HIV+ pregnant women received ART prophylaxis to prevent mother to child transmission as did 13 percent of 168,790 PLHIV were retained on treatment, 12 months after initiation of treatment (compared to 70 percent in 2013).
  • A total of 677 mothers enrolled in the Mother to Mothers Support Group, which was scaled up to 22 sites in 2015 (11 sites in 2014). Mother to Mother mentors conducted health education sessions on various maternal health topics for pregnant and postpartum women.
  • UNDP deployed nursing and mid-wife tutors to the medical teaching institutions, leading to the graduation of 47 nursing and 39 midwifery students in December 2015.