September 18, 2015
On September 16, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a grant agreement (G/A) with the Government of the Republic of the Sudan to provide grant aid of up to 2.32 billion yen for the Project for the Improvement of Health Care Service in Suburban Area of Khartoum State.
This project will provide a maternal and pediatric ward at a secondary health facility located on the outskirts of Khartoum State, thereby improving the maternal and child health services in the state.
Due to the long years of conflict, the number of both health facilities and professionals are inadequate in Sudan and the standard of health service requires improvement. Maternity and child health indicators in particular are extremely low, with the infant mortality rate at 57 per 1000 births, and the maternal mortality rate at 216 per 100,000 births (2013). Further, the population in Khartoum State is rapidly increasing due to an influx of people from Darfur and other areas affected by conflicts, making the inadequacy of health services urgent particularly in the outlying regions of the state.
This project will make it possible to increase the number of childbirths and the number of patients receiving antenatal and postnatal care at the target hospital, and it is expected that there will be an expansion in the maternal and child health services available to residents as well as an improvement in the quality of those services. In addition to this project, JICA plans to begin technical cooperation for expanding basic health services, thereby providing inclusive support for improving the health conditions in Sudan.