Amref calls for support to reduce maternal mortality in South Sudan

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The Director General of Amref Health Africa, Dr. Teguest Guerma, is calling upon the people of South Sudan to support the Stand up for African Mothers Campaign in a bid to reduce the maternal mortality rate in the country.

The Director General of Amref Health Africa, Dr. Teguest Guerma, is calling upon the people of South Sudan to support the Stand up for African Mothers Campaign in a bid to reduce the maternal mortality rate in the country.

 

The campaign calls upon ordinary citizens to donate at least 1$ to train midwives to reduce the unacceptably high maternal mortality rate in Africa.

“With 2,054 deaths out of every 100,000 live births, South Sudan has the highest maternal mortality rate in the world,” says Amref Health Africa.

The Stand Up for African Mothers Campaign hopes to train 15,000 midwives, about 4,900 of them in South Sudan.

Dr. Guerma was in Juba recently, where she held meetings with senior government officials and United Nation Agencies.

During her meeting with Dr. Lul Riek, the director of International Health at the National Ministry of Health, Dr. Guerma renewed her commitment to the training of midwives at Maridi Health Sciences Institute.

The Director General said that African women are at the centre of the social and economic development chain, arguing that the death of a mother while giving birth is a big setback for Africa. 

Through the training of more midwives, AMREF is helping to deliver an immediate society and a sustainable solution, she said.

“A healthy Africa needs healthy mothers, and African mothers need African midwives,” Dr Guerma said in a press statement.

While meeting Dr. Barnabal Yisa, the Country representative of the United Nation Population Fund (UNFPA), Dr. Guerma appreciated the support extended by the agency to AMREF in training mid wives in South Sudan.

The Country Director of Amref South Sudan, Dr. George Bhoka said that with support from the government and development partners, Amref South Sudan is increasing access to maternal and child health services and control of communicable disease and strengthening the health system.

Amref has rebranded from an acronym AMREF to a name Amref Health Africa. It has been in South Sudan since 1972, and has trained more than half of medical personnel in South Sudan through National Health Training Institute in Maridi, says the organization’s spokesperson Musa Mahadi Salim.

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