Maternal mortality is nothing short of a worldwide epidemic. Nearly every minute of every day, a woman dies from pregnancy-related causes.
After 22 years of civil war, South Sudan is still suffering from damaged infrastructure and a low developed heath system. Hositals and materity health centers are rare and many women have to travel long distances to reach one. Giving birth at home without the support of a trained midwife or doctor is the reality for 80% of women in South Sudan.
Due to studies by the World Health Organisation, rates of pregnancy-related deaths in south Sudan are the highest in the world: 2,030 per 100,000 births. Young girls in South Sudan have a higher risk to die while giving birth than finishing primary school. Their body is not yet prepared rather for pregnancy or birth. Contraception can safe their lifes!
CARE puts a lot of effort in reducing those dramatic numbers and builds health and birth centers in Jonglei and Unity State, trains midwives and nurses. Mobile clinics – equipped with medical personnel and social workers - help mothers in remote areas to get treatment and medical advice. They vaccinate mothers and children, distribute mosquito nets and inform about hygiene and family planning.
As a leading organization that fights global poverty by empowering women and girls, CARE has made reducing maternal mortality one of its top priorities. With more than 50 years of experience and success developing and implementing maternal and child health programs, CARE works directly with women and communities, empowering them with resources and information while affecting policies to ensure that safe pregnancy and birth are a basic human right.