IMA World Health launched emergency health services in South Sudan in 2014 in response to conflict. Conflict-related emergencies contribute to disproportionately high levels of morbidity and mortality, and 90 percent of countries with the highest rates of maternal mortality recently experienced conflict—including South Sudan.
With support from the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, IMA provides vital primary health care and emergency health services through seven mobile clinics and outreach sites in Upper Nile and Jonglei states. The project’s emergency health services include disability and trauma referral, screening for gender-based violence and psychosocial needs, and immediate primary health care. Working with partners, IMA also expanded its activities to include nutrition service provision in areas of Jonglei with high rates of malnutrition. Nutrition services focus on children under 5 years of age, pregnant or lactating women and other vulnerable persons through prevention, screening and treatment of acute malnutrition to reduce morbidity and mortality.
Successes (through March 2016):
- 52,375 consultations
- 10,669 people admitted for moderate acute malnutrition
- 5,511 people treated for severe acute malnutrition