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The Health Support Organization

Formed in 2005, incorporated in 2008 by South Sudanese doctors to support the national efforts in addressing health challenges in South Sudan, THESO is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to implement evidence-based, culturally sensitive, innovative projects promoting health, according to perceived public health needs and priorities as understood through quality research. Several MDGs directly or indirectly concern health. Poor health reduces income and productivity, and undermines efforts to reduce poverty. Trends in South Sudan health indicators need to improve faster to achieve the MDG targets. THESO believes that effective and proven interventions exist. The challenge is how to apply them, to improve republic of South Sudan policies, institutions, financing, household practices; and service delivery; ease human resources and pharmaceutical market constraints; and strengthen core public health functions at county level. THESO is part of a growing consensus that stronger public health capacity in national health systems is indispensable for better health outcomes as its work focuses on strengthening republic of South Sudan health systems to improve millennium development goals 4, 5, 6 & 7 results for the poorest and most vulnerable.

By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at high risk, and with the flexibility to respond rapidly to emergency situations, THESO rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.

Over the past four years, with funding from Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF), ICCO, KCB, WHO, WFP, UNICEF and OFDA, THESO has dramatically developed it technical competency and know-how for successful curative and preventive public health programming in South Sudan. To date, THESO has successfully absorbed over 2.7 million USD for the implementation of project activities in its project areas. With this, THESO has been able to support the Government of South Sudan Ministry of Health (MoH), to deliver basic package of health services to over 500,000 populations through 18 Primary Health Care Centres (PHCCs) and 18 Primary Health Care Units (PHCUs). This package consists of routine OPD and inpatient management of patients and clients, EPI, ANC, health education, HIV/AIDS counselling and testing, trainings, health facilities infrastructure, water and environmental sanitation, and needs assessments.

Status with Government of South Sudan

THESO renewed its Memorandum of Understanding with RSS Ministry of Health Head Quarters to support implementation of Public Health services in South Sudan. Currently we are supporting Guit and Pariang Counties (Unity State), Gogrial East and Tonj North Counties (Warrap State), Lainya County (Central Equatoria State), and Magwi County (Eastern Equatoria State) in implementing basic packages of health and nutrition services through two (3) PHCCs and () PHCUs in each county. With our long terms sustainable health programmes implementation, THESO is planning to establish a first modern medical school in republic of South Sudan and is ready to extend its services to any other location within South Sudan and internationally depending on availability of fund.

While needs are expected to remain high in some areas such as food security in 2014-2016, there are opportunities for innovative and more targeted approaches to strengthen livelihoods, and the resilience of families and communities. In the years ahead, the humanitarian community will expand the focus of its work to ensure that emergency aid helps break cycles of need caused by food insecurity, violence, flooding and disease outbreaks.

We are working with a wide variety of partners including governmental and nongovernmental organizations, research institutions, community groups, and the private sector.

The Health Support Organization programmes focuses on children, women of reproductive age, youths, adults and senior health, environmental issues, and medical education. THESO is working to improve the health of the general community by providing available, affordable and accessible health care services. We are working with and through the community, families, and individuals to achieve our vision.

Donors and Partners

The Health Support Organization programs and activities are made possible by the help of our donors and partners who we continued to work hand in hand in addressing the plight of the South Sudanese people.

Our donors include: 1.    United Children Fund (UNICEF) 2.    Japan Platform  (Peace Winds Japan) 3.    Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF) 4.    European Union (EU) 5.    The Health pooled Fund (HPF) 6.    USAID/OFDA 7.    Swedish Development Agency (SIDA) 8.    World Food Programme (WFP)

Our partners include: 1.    Christian Aid 2.    World Vision 3.    Kenyan Commercial Bank (KCB) 4.    SNV

Through our joint commitment with our donors and partners, we continue to work together for better health.

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