Maternal health in South Sudan


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maternal Health in South Sudan

Shoot the Earth photographer and film maker Eliza and Nicky recently made a film and photo story for IRIN (OCHA’s humanitarian news agency) and the Real Medicine Foundation, at the Juba Training College of Nursing ad Midwifery in Juba Hospital, on the issue of maternal health in South Sudan.

South Sudan has the highest maternal mortality rate in the world; there are only 8 registered midwives in the country serving a population of around 10 million. For every 100,000 births, over 2,000 mothers die and ninety percent of women give birth away from formal medical facilities and without the help of professionally trained assistants.

They spent 9 days with the midwives and nurses documenting their daily lives. One of the biggest problems they face, beyond lack of training, equipment and facilities, is a country that has been through decades of civil war.

Here is a link to the film ….. http://www.irinnews.org/film/4890/Birth-of-a-new-nation

Eliza and Nicky are both based in Tanzania and are available for commissions throughout Eastern Africa. Please contact
Katherine Miles at Shoot the Earth for more details.

 

 

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