Training midwives to save newborn lives in rural areas where home birth is common practice

After training 17 master trainers in Khartoum in March 2020, SAMA expanded the training to Sennar State where 48 midwives were trained on the Helping Babies Breathe Module that was developed by the American Association for Pediatrics. Sennar State is 240 miles south of the capital Khartoum with a population of 1,100,000 people (Wikipedia, 2000).

 

UNICEF Partnership

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) works in more than 190 countries and territories to put children first. UNICEF has helped save more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization by providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more.

 

 

Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH)

More than half of Sudan’s population consists of children under 18 years of age. Two million of the children in Sudan suffer from acute malnutrition, 50 percent of whom suffer from repeated diarrhea or worm infections. A large percentage of these child deaths from diarrhea are attributed mainly to poor sanitation, water and hygiene. With nearly a third of households  practicing open defecation, Sudan has the highest prevalence of open defecation in the Middle East and North Africa region, posing grave public health risks to transmission of diseases – such as cholera, diarrhea, dysentery, hepatitis A, typhoid and polio.

 

 

Open defecation is a manifestation of multi-sectoral deprivations which include poverty, malnutrition and education, which disproportionately affect women and girls.

 

Only a third of households have access to proper sanitation and about 68 percent have access to drinking water sources. Access to WASH in schools and primary health centers is also limited. Two-thirds of schools in Sudan do not have adequate sanitation facilities and a quarter of them do not have access to clean water. These gaps negatively impact children’s attendance and enrollment in school, especially girls.

 

Together, SAMA and UNICEF USA will boost essential outreach to Sudan’s most vulnerable children and communities through lifesaving WASH and disease prevention services.