Community Empowerment Programs
South Sudanese communities had experienced post independence’s civil wars for nearly three decades which forced them to seek safety and refuge in the neighbouring countries and Western World. The 2013 South Sudan’s civil war erupted before enough time for torn social fabrics to re-stitch and recover. More importantly, its ethnic factor further widened the rifts and fueled more divides among South Sudanese.
Protracted civil wars have left South Sudanese communities – both the refugees and IDPs in an abject poverty and dire humanitarian needs. It strips them of dignity to provide the basic needs to their families and lacking the necessary skills to rebuild their livelihoods. Without capabilities to generate incomes, young South Sudanese men and women are literally, economically obsolete and susceptible to all forms violence.. So, there is an urgent need to develop their skill sets for them to become self-reliant, eradicate poverty and meaningfully contribute to sustainable and better communities.
Following many years of civil wars, there is now an acute shortage of Human Resource for Health (HRH) Professionals across South Sudan. According to the 2011 – 2015 Health Strategic Plan, South Sudan has a total number of 189 physicians, 1,843 nurses, 309 midwives and 269 clinical officers serving nearly 12 million people. There is also an inequitable distribution of this small number of health workers in all the ten states, and between urban and rural areas.