CBU Initiative to Improve Health in South Sudan

A Cape Breton University lead project received funding today for an innovative project in South Sudan. One of 65 projects to receive funding, each will aim to improve the health and save the lives of mothers, newborns and children in developing countries.

Micro-franchised community health workers extending maternal and child healthcare in South Sudan has received $112,000 in the form of a seed grant from Grand Challenges Canada, funded by the Government Canada. This project has also been acknowledged as one of 61 “Stars in Global Health”.

"For Cape Breton University, given our institutional values and global vision, this project is a great opportunity for our professors and our students to work with like-minded institutions and partners in Africa to learn together while researching and implementing innovative ideas in health care,” says Dr. David Wheeler, President, Cape Breton University.

With just 124 doctors serving 10 million people, South Sudan has one of the world's worst child (135 in 1,000) and maternal (2,054 in 100,000) mortality rates. A public-private system of micro-franchised mobile health workers, created by this project in partnership with the local government and South Sudanese-Canadian doctors, will help extend healthcare throughout South Sudan.

“This project takes an integrated systems perspective to create standardized training and management systems for mobile health workers to improve the health of women and children while simultaneously creating jobs and incentives for doctors and nurses to stay in their country and practice in the public system,” adds Kevin McKague, project lead and adjunct professor in CBU’s Shannon School of Business.

McKague will be teaching an MBA course in the Shannon School of Business beginning in June and is planning a public presentation on the project.

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