A Healthier Future for South Sudan's Families

by International Medical Corps
A Healthier Future for South Sudan's Families
A Healthier Future for South Sudan's Families
A Healthier Future for South Sudan's Families
A Healthier Future for South Sudan's Families
A Healthier Future for South Sudan's Families
A Healthier Future for South Sudan's Families
A Healthier Future for South Sudan's Families
A Healthier Future for South Sudan's Families
A Healthier Future for South Sudan's Families
A Healthier Future for South Sudan's Families

Project Report | May 26, 2020
Having Twins in the Upper Nile

By Clara Long | Media and Communications Officer

The 26-year old mother with her twins.
The 26-year old mother with her twins.

South Sudan has one of the highest infant and maternal mortality rates in the world. One in every 50 live births results in the death of the mother; with the high fertility rate, this means that each mother has a one-in-seven chance of dying in childbirth in her lifetime.

In an effort to improve the health of women and children, International Medical Corps has constructed facilities to support mothers and their babies with, among other things, antenatal and postnatal care, assisted deliveries, family planning (including proper birth spacing) as well as emergency obstetric care.

In January 2020, a 26-year-old woman arrived at a small clinic operated by International Medical Corps outside of Malakal, which is the capital of Upper Nile state in South Sudan.

The woman was already in labor when she arrived and the first baby was delivered shortly thereafter. However, as the medical team examined her, they discovered that the woman was actually pregnant with heterozygous twins, a rare condition where there are two placentas instead of one. To safely deliver the second baby, the mother needed to have surgery, something that was not possible at this first clinic.

To reach the clinic that could safely perform the surgery, they needed to urgently find a boat to cross the swamp located between the two clinics. As there were no boats available, International Medical Corps’ staff had to carry the woman to the second, larger clinic to save the life of the mother and baby. The area where these two clinics are located is in an extremely remote area of South Sudan — one with no roads or other means of transportation.

Thankfully, our team reached the clinic in time and an emergency cesarean section was performed. This surgery saved both the baby’s and the mother’s lives. By this time, the woman had been in labor for several days.

We thank the GlobalGiving community of donors for continuing to support maternal and child health in South Sudan.

The swamp where the team carried the laboring mom.
The swamp where the team carried the laboring mom.
Another view of the swamp between the clinics.
Another view of the swamp between the clinics.
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International Medical Corps

Location: Los Angeles, CA - USA
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Kimberly Laney
Los Angeles , CA United States

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