MSH Selected to Introduce Performance-Based Initiatives in Post-Conflict Southern Sudan
CAMBRIDGE, MA –In the wake of a devastating civil war in Southern Sudan, USAID has chosen Management Sciences for Health (MSH) to rebuild health services in the country through the leadership of the Sudan Health Transformation Project, Phase II (SHTP II). This three-year, $45-million project will focus on expanding high-impact primary health care and water and sanitation services and increasing the country’s capacity to manage these services, ultimately building a sustainable health infrastructure in the most vulnerable of environments.
In partnership with the International Rescue Committee, MSH will provide performance-based contracts to international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to deliver primary health care services in 12 focus counties and build community ownership of health facilities. This strategic approach will allow international partners as well as local authorities and communities to support USAID and the Government of Southern Sudan in meeting milestones set out in the Comprehensive Peace Accord of 2005, the agreement that officially ended the country’s internal conflict.
Earlier this month, as part of SHTP II coordination efforts, MSH’s Leadership, Management and Sustainability Program brought a group of eight officials from the Ministry of Health of Southern Sudan together with counterparts in Rwanda—including officials from the Rwandan Ministry of Health, USAID, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and NGOs—to learn about the success of Rwanda’s post-conflict family planning programs. As a result of the meeting, the Sudanese officials developed concrete action plans for their country.
The SHTP II award represents MSH’s continued success in the region through the Strengthening Pharmaceutical Systems Program, the Basic Support for Institutionalizing Child Survival (BASICS) project, and grant management support for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM).