Project information

Train health workers for South Sudan!

A 15 year old girl in South Sudan is more likely to die during childbirth than to complete her education. To change this dire situation AID is supporting the training of health workers (clinical officers, nurses and midwives) carried out by the International Christian Medical and Dental Association.

June 2014 - May 2017

Charity information: Anglican International Development

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  • Need


    Following 40 years of civil war South Sudan has some of the worst health statistics in the world: 1 in 17 women die during childbirth (in the UK it is 1 in 10,000) and 1 in 7 children die before they are 5. This is due to a lack of trained health workers: there are fewer than 200 doctors in the country and lack of resources to develop training institutes.


    AID is working with the International Christian Medical and Dental Association (ICMDA) to train health workers for South Sudan. In June 2014 we launched the ICMDA National Institute of Health Sciences which took on 51 students to study for 3 years to become clinical officers, nurses and midwives. Once qualified the students will be sent out to work in Primary Health Care Centres and hospitals across South Sudan, delivering quality healthcare to all.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To train health workers for South Sudan


    » Train 51 health workers to an appropriate level and equip them to work in rural and urban areas of South Sudan.

    Success will be seeing 51 students graduating from the National Institute of Health Sciences in 2017 and going into health care jobs across South Sudan.

    Aim 2

    To strengthen the healthcare system in South Sudan in the long term.


    » Develop a permanent training institute for health workers in South Sudan.

    Success will be taking on another cohort of students and establishing a permanent building in South Sudan near to an active hospital.

  • Impact


    This project will improve health care and reduce maternal and infant mortality across South Sudan. It will do this by providing more health workers, trained to a higher level, to more people than at current.

    One clinical officer could treat around 600 out-patients and 300 in-patients per month whilst one midwife could conduct around 300 deliveries a month. This shows that even with just one cohort of students, 1000s of lives will be saved.


    The situation in South Sudan is still unstable, there is fighting in the north, thousands are internally displaced and famine and disease are a constant threat. Currently the training institute is based in a hospital in Kampala, Uganda to ensure that training will not be interrupted. We have also employed consellors to help students who are affected by fighting at home. Finally we have ensured that students are committed to working in South Sudan (and not elsewhere) once qualified.


    We will send quarterly emails to donors to update them as to the progress of the project and the way in which their money has been invested.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £23,500

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,000 Training Covers rent of classrooms and labs as well as assessment costs for 2 students for 2 years
      £9,520 Staff Cost Staff salaries, accommodation and welfare for 2 years as split by 2 students
      £7,350 Student Support Food, books and stationary, health coverage, uniforms etc for 2 students for 2 years
      £1,920 Travel and Utilities Water, electricity, internet, phone and any travel costs for 2 students for 2 years
      £1,710 Administrative Costs Registration, organising placements and visas etc as split by 2 students for 2 years
  • Background


    The training Institute is currently operating from Mengo Hospital, Kampala, Uganda. The original site for the Institute was in South Sudan but was destroyed in fighting which broke out in the country in December 2013. We are extremely grateful to the Mengo Hospital in Kampala, Uganda, who have allowed the NIHS to use it's facilities until a suitable alternative becomes available in South Sudan. This means students get practical experience on wards as well as having access to labs and libraries.


    The people of South Sudan will benefit from an increase in well-trained health staff throughout the country, this will also contribute to national stability. In particular, pregnant mothers and young children, who suffer the most from poor healthcare in South Sudan, will benefit. This project also benefits the students studying at the Institute and their families as it gives them a high quality education which will make them employable, and so able to support their families into the future.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The NIHS has already proven to be a great success, having have had no students drop out in their first year- the average drop out rate in higher education in South Sudan is 25%. AID is working with leading medics from the ICDMA which ensures a high level of teaching and the project is supported by the Government of South Sudan. Further AID has a solid partnership with the Church in South Sudan, which is extremely influential in society, being well respected by government and communities alike.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Dr Anil Cherian- Director Of The ICMDA NIHS & His Wife Dr Shalini

    Dr Anil and Shalini and are consultant doctors from India. They have committed to teach at the institute for 3 years and are well loved by students.

    John Inglis-Jones

    Executive officer of AID, oversees the project's progress, often visiting the NIHS. He provides support to NIHS staff and coordinates fundraising.

    Hon Reik Gai Kok

    The Minister for Health for South Sudan. He is extremely supportive of the project and wants to help the Institute become established in South Sudan.

Midwives studying at the ICMDA NIHS

Midwives studying at the ICMDA NIHS


Could cover 1 students training costs for 1 month

I've seen many people in South Sudan suffering; dying when giving birth. So I felt like I should be one of the persons who could serve those people.

Lillian- training to be a midwife