SHARP Community Participation Programme


L. Kusters, M. Kok

The South Sudan Health Action and Research Project (SHARP), implemented by the Ministry of Health (MoH) of South Sudan, the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), HealthNet TPO, the International Medical Corps (IMC) and Cordaid, aims to improve maternal health in South Sudan

An assessment pointed to a number of barriers to timely access antenatal, delivery and postnatal care and dominant sociogender norms related to sexual and reproductive health (SRH). In response, SHARP developed a community participation programme. This programme adopted an action learning methodology for knowledge transfer, reflection, intergenerational dialogues and the development of action plans. The programme has been implemented between 2014 and 2016 in Wau county, Western Bahr el Ghazal (WBeG) and in Aweil north county, Northern Bahr el Ghazal (NBeG). SHARP also conducted research in Wau county into norms, preferences and expectations of communities with regard to reproductive health services.