Sudan: First Year Results of Health Programme in Mayo

Strengthening basic maternal and paediatric healthcare services in the Mayo area.

The Italian Agency for Development Cooperation, the European Union Delegation to the Republic of Sudan and EMERGENCY can announce the results of the first year of activities related to the project carried out in the Mayo area of Khartoum. The project, called “Health and nutrition for the vulnerable population in Mayo: an integrated multi-sectorial project”, is co-funded by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation and the European Union, implemented in partnership with Mujaddidon NGO, a Sudanese organisation.

The main aim of the project is to improve health services and education for vulnerable people in the Mayo area by facilitating strong partnerships among civil society organisations and local authorities.

In cooperation with national partners, the project is promoting children and maternal health and education, and strengthening health service delivery with the provision of free medical treatments available in the EMERGENCY Paediatric Centre in Mayo.

The project also aims to build a health-based culture among health workers and communities through the provision of training and awareness sessions, and the implementation of health promotion activities in 576 classes in Mayo schools, which will address children, teachers and communities.

These activities will ensure that communities will receive education sessions on good hygiene practice, child nutrition, prevention, immunisation, the risk of malaria and the importance of timely access to health facilities when needed. After 12 months of the project, 113 classes in Mayo schools participated in awareness sessions, 14,499 children have been treated in EMERGENCY Paediatric Centre and 6,449 women received ANC/PNC/FP services.

By strengthening healthcare services, health education, and training health workers, the project is improving health service delivery and awareness in one of the most disadvantaged areas of Khartoum. Addressing the unmet health needs of the vast population of the Mayo area is the main goal of the project.

Through the implementation of the project, EMERGENCY will be able to reach more than 133,000 inhabitants living in Mayo area. The project will benefit the whole health sector thanks to the supply of on-the-job training to national health workers, and the provision of free of charge healthcare services.

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