Improving community health care systems in South Sudan

Aid Works has been chosen to design South Sudan’s community health care monitoring system. The Ministry of Health has an ambitious plan to roll out the ‘Boma Health Initiative’ which aims to bring health care services to every village in South Sudan over the next five years.

With more than three quarters of the population living in rural areas, the majority of people in South Sudan have difficulties accessing health care. Only 44% of people live within five kilometres of a health care facility – can you imagine having to walk more than an hour to visit your local GP? Or carrying your sick child for over an hour in 30 degree Celsius heat?

Logistics and operation costs are high in South Sudan, making running health facilities really expensive. So the Ministry of Health, in collaboration with NGOs and UN agencies, want to roll out their plan to place community health care workers in every village. This will not only mean basic services are available within minutes, but it may also reduce costs of delivering services – allowing more services for more people!

Aid Works’ role, funded via UNICEF South Sudan, is to design a data monitoring system. We will ensure data users help define the system, utilise South Sudanese capacity and provide a system which is flexible in the face of future changes. For this project we are collaborating with the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. We were chosen due to our previous success designing and implementing monitoring systems, and we can draw on over five years’ experience providing monitoring, evaluation and learnings services in South Sudan for Crown Agents, DFID, Management Systems International, UNICEF, USAID and many NGOs.

If you want to discuss our work in South Sudan or want to have a chat about your monitoring systems, get in touch.

If you are South Sudanese, and want to get involved, there are two consultancies available here: