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Child health in Sudan

Supporting parents and children to access better health services

We are committed to working closely with partners to strengthen the health system in Sudan, as part of the national health strategy. Our work includes building the capacity of health services and female community volunteers in the integrated management of childhood diseases (IMCI), nutrition, immunisation, peer education on HIV/AIDS, safe motherhood, controlling communicable diseases, birth registration and Disaster Response.

However, a number of serious gaps still needed addressing: high rates of maternal mortality; diseases such as bilharzia and malaria which are common amongst children due to pervasive poverty and insufficient government spending on basic health services. To address this, we have helped to ensure communities have better access to reproductive health services. We have also supported over 3,000 women in Alga and North Kordfan with safe deliveries by providing medical equipment to health facilities and a referral system of emergency obstetric care. Some 680 women have also been trained to teach families how to take care of their children and protect them from prevailing diseases.