Our programs include a broad range of services delivered across seven states:
These services include:
Primary and Secondary Health Care
Access to health care in South Sudan is among the most difficult in the world due to the ongoing conflict and underdevelopment. Poor health care affects the most vulnerable populations, such as children, women, and the elderly. International Medical Corps provides basic health care and integrated service provision, from preventative care to emergency surgery. This also includes case management for HIV/AIDS, bed net distribution, and malaria treatment. Our primary and secondary health care services are provided in Central Equatoria, Jonglei, Upper Nile, Western Bahr el Ghazal, and Unity states.
Maternal and Child Health
South Sudan has one of the highest maternal and infant mortality rates in the world. International Medical Corps focuses on improving the health of women and their children through the high-impact services we implement in primary health clinics. We also provide emergency obstetric care and support several midwifery training programs. Our maternal and child health services are implemented in Central Equatoria, Upper Nile, Western Bahr El Ghazal, Unity, and Jonglei States.
High staple food prices, disruptions to livestock and crop production, currency devaluation, limited humanitarian access, and conflict-related displacement are responsible for the high levels of food insecurity throughout South Sudan. In response, International Medical Corps has expanded nutrition programs in hard-to-reach areas. These programs include provisions of emergency food supplies and outpatient and inpatient treatment for acute malnutrition. Our nutrition programs are currently implemented in Jonglei, Upper Nile, Central Equatoria, and Western Bahr-el Ghazal states.
Capacity Building and Training
To increase access to care, International Medical Corps works to build the capacity of South Sudan’s health system through training programs that target health professionals and key community members. International Medical Corps supports the Juba College of Nursing and Midwifery, Nursing and Midwifery College in Kajo-Keji, and Health Science Institute in Wau. In addition, the organization works with the state hospital in Western Bahr el Ghazal.
Depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, and substance abuse are growing issues among conflict-affected populations in South Sudan. International Medical Corps is providing pharmacological and psychosocial support services to those in need in three conflict affected states—Upper Nile, Jonglei, and Central Equatoria. International Medical Corps is participating in national mental health networks and working groups to build capacity and respond to the growing demand for mental health services.
Violence against women endangers the health, well-being, and future success of women and girls. It is an endemic problem in South Sudan, exacerbated by ongoing conflict and chronic displacement. In response, International Medical Corps began implementing gender-based violence prevention and response in Upper Nile state in April 2014. In 2015, the program expanded to Central Equatoria, Unity, and Jonglei states to address the needs of displaced women as well as those in host communities. We are providing clinical management of rape cases and are an important part of the referral pathway to ensure survivors have access to services.