Supporting South Sudan’s Basic Package of Health Services

About the Project

From 2008 to 2012, IMA World Health served as the lead agency for the SuddHealth Basic Package of Health Services (BPHS) Project in Upper Nile and Jonglei States, South Sudan’s two largest and most geographically challenging states due to limited roads and rainy season flooding. This was a pivotal time period for development in this region, as in 2011 South Sudan celebrated its independence and became the world’s newest nation.

Half a century of violent civil war (1956-2005) had destroyed what little infrastructure existed, including many parts of the existing health care system. Less than 5% of the region’s two million people had access to any medicine or health care. Supported by the Multi-Donor Trust Fund, SuddHealth was designed to assist the Ministry of Health (MOH) in delivering a set of essential health services through health facilities while strengthening the overall network of health services.

AT-A-GLANCE

Funding

Timeframe: 2008-2012

Funding level: $9.6 million (US)

Donor: Multi-Donor Trust Fund

Roles

IMAs Role: Lead Agency

The BPHS is a standard package of care including preventive, primary and reproductive services defined by the Government of Southern Sudan as:

  1. Access to Health Care
  2. Family Planning and services
  3. Antenatal Care
  4. Intrapartum Care
  5. Essential newborn care services
  6. Immunization
  7. Clinic IMCI
  8. C-IMCI
  9. Malaria treatment and Prevention
  10. TB detection
  11. HIV/AIDS and Blood Safety
  12. Nutrition and Micronutrients
  13. Mental Health and Disability

Suddhealth was designed to combine two key dimensions of development assistance:

Technical and material assistance to improve the quality of and access to health services, especially high-impact health interventions; and 

Capacity building of core institutional capacities (i.e. support systems) to support the Basic Package of Health Services. 

Project Objectives

  • Increase health delivery services as measured by monthly reports
  • Increase capacity and retention of county health department and facility level health workers
  • Increase recording and analysis of vital health data
  • Increase coordination and collaboration between the State Ministry of Health, non-government organizations, and other national and international agencies towards the improvement of basic health services and health status of the population.

Key Achievements

  • High treatment rates: 257,396 children under five were treated for malaria, and 872,108 children received Vitamin A.
  • Trained 1,446 personnel in HMIS or maternal and child survival skills
  • Extensive BCC/IEC campaigning including distribution of over 8,000 messages
  • Successful development of Dry Season Campaigns for vaccinating children in hard-to-reach areas. During the third and final campaign (2012), IMA coordinated over 400,000 doses of vaccine
  • Introduced Performance-Based Contracting, which incentivized health workers and CHD staff to reduce staff turnover and improve timely reporting
  • Established and supported a Statewide HMIS System with one of the best reporting records in the country.