South Sudan, Education

Midwifery school: Life for mothers and children

Number: 179.1022

Infant and maternal mortality rates in South Sudan are extremely high. Civil war has been raging in South Sudan for years and support for mothers and children is minimal or non-existent. Against this background, a critical part is played by the school for midwives run by the PRDA (Presbyterian Relief and Development Agency), our partner organisation. Women receive specialist training. The future midwives are trained in obstetrics, anatomy and physiology as well as English, mathematics and first aid. Internships in a hospital enable the students to put their knowledge to practical use.

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Activities

• Theoretical and practical training of women to become state-recognised midwives

• During the practical training period, vaccination campaigns are carried out for small children and pregnant mothers. Young mothers are accompanied after giving birth. The midwives at least take care of 50 births during the training.

• Acquisition of teaching materials and work clothes

• Accommodation and meals for the students and the teaching staff

• Development of an alumni network