South Sudan

Sunday Taabu is planning a Midwifery Pilot Project to train 42 women: 3 women from each of the 10 states and 4 regions of Abyei, Blue Nile, S. Kordofan (Nuba Mountain) and Darfur. The goal is to train them as trainers who will train others in their regions. Her long-term goal is to establish a health care institution to train more women in health care, to do whatever is possible to relieve the suffering of women in South Sudan and the Sudan.

In August 2008, Sunday was among the Diaspora delegation that went to Southern Sudan to address several issues affecting women in Southern Sudan, including health care. The infant mortality rate in this region is alarming. UNICEF’s Southern Sudan regional representative report that “1 out of ten” women die during child birth inspired Sunday to do something about the situation even though she is not trained in the field.

Sunday tells Midwifery Today: “Although I have no experience in the process of birth, God has given me the heart to care about it as an advocate for reproductive health. As a young girl, I witnessed my own women relatives (wives of my uncles and sisters of mother and father, etc.) die when giving birth. Either the mother dies, the baby dies, or both. This still is the story in South Sudan. My auntie Yunnis Yawa was a trained midwife with no nursing degree who helped saved many lives at the time.”

Sunday currently works at Guilford County Department of Social Services in Greensboro, North Carolina. Previously she worked for the Government of South Sudan Mission to the United States in Washington, DC, as a diplomat. She speaks English, Bari and Juba Arabic.

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