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Young Mother Survives A Scary Delivery





“We needed blood to save her life but people did not want to donate blood. They said in the camp they feed poorly and therefore, they can’t risk giving away their own blood”.


According to Akera, his team of personnel was worried as relatives of the young mother refused to donate blood but after a steadfast struggle for two days, the lives of the young mother and the baby were saved. The young mother’s husband who was in Juba, had to convince his relatives on phone to make them accept to donate blood to save his wife from dying of anemia.



A HLSS nurse monitoring the blood transfusion to the steadily stabilizing mother at the Mingkaman health facility [HLSS]

“It took more than 48 hours to identify a cross-match. But the cross-match (girl) after accepting to donate got scared and ran away. It took me some time to convince her through a translator to come back,” the health coordinator explains. However, once a unit of blood was successfully got, the stabilization process of the young mother was never in doubt.


“This is a big achievement. We saved her life and that of the baby. She is now stable, eating food and also breastfeeding her baby,” Akera proudly says with a big smile in his face.


The complication of this delivery attracted the attention of the Awerial County Relief, and Rehabilitation Commission (RRC) Coordinator Mr. John Parach, who appealed to the community members to learn how to save the lives of each other in times of need.


“We need to save lives of people. We need a blood bank; people must be sensitized to donate blood to save lives,” said Parach.


The rate at which pregnant mothers seek delivery at health facilities has been very poor but Godfrey Anywar, a HLSS Senior Clinical Officer in Mingkaman, says there is a slight improvement since January this year. “Many of the pregnant mothers prefer their community midwives to our professional midwives. Many come for ante natal care services but few return for delivery,” says Anywar.


The cultural practice by the community to let a first time pregnant mother go back to her mother so that the latter delivers her of the baby also hinders safe delivery at health facilities.


Maternal health in South Sudan is still a huge challenge despite the efforts being put in by the government and its health partners. Many pregnant women still prefer their Traditional Birth Attendants (TBA) to safe delivery at health facilities.


Health Link South Sudan, a national non-profit organisation, provides Primary Health Care Centre (PHCC) services in Mingkaman, Awerial and Cueibet counties of Lakes State as well as Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) in Melijo, Nimule and Kapoeta South.