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UN and South Sudan in joint effort to reduce maternal mortality

Article / Review by on October 31, 2011 – 8:19 pmNo Comments

UN and South Sudan in joint effort to reduce maternal mortality

31 October 2011

A joint initiative of the United Nations and South Sudan is aiming to reduce maternal mortality by deploying midwives throughout the country, providing locals with the necessary skills to safely deliver babies, and improving the health facilities available to the wider population.

UN and South Sudan in joint effort to reduce maternal mortality

One out of seven pregnant women dies due to pregnancy-related causes in South Sudan. With less than 100 midwives for the entire country, there is an urgent need for an increase in health workers to attend to the population’s needs.

To tackle this issue, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and South Sudan’s health ministry organized a workshop last week to review their joint midwives project, seeking to provide immediate solutions and discuss ways to address the problem in the long-term.

UNFPA’s head of office in South Sudan, Deji Popoola, said that a lack of midwifery skills and ill-equipped health centres pose a huge risk to mothers and their unborn babies.

“A strong midwifery force with adequate competences could contribute greatly in reducing maternal deaths,” Mr. Popoola said during the opening ceremony of the workshop in the national capital of Juba.

“Ensuring access to midwifery at every birth, at all levels, is vital at this moment of time,” he said, reaffirming UNFPA’s commitment to support efforts to help midwives and improve midwifery services.

So far, the Capacity Placement of International United Nations Volunteer Midwives Project has deployed 18 volunteer midwives across South Sudan.


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The General Assembly in session. Photo credit: UN / Eskinder Debebe The United Nations was established on 24 October 1945 by 51 countries committed to preserving peace through international cooperation and collective security. Today, nearly every nation in the world belongs to the UN: membership totals 192 countries.

When States become Members of the United Nations, they agree to accept the obligations of the UN Charter, an international treaty that sets out basic principles of international relations. According to the Charter, the UN has four purposes:

  • to maintain international peace and security;
  • to develop friendly relations among nations;
  • to cooperate in solving international problems and in promoting respect for human rights;
  • and to be a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations.


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