South Sudan Health Association (SSUHA)

The South Sudan Health Association (SSUHA), is a South Sudanese not-for-profit, non-political and Non-Government Organisation (NGO) founded in 1995 during Sudan’s civil war. The organisation was originally formed to support the health and social needs of Sudanese refugees in Kenya and those living in Internally Displaced Peoples (IDP) camps in Bamurye, Kajo Keji County, South Sudan. In 1997, the organisation’s work extended to the implementation of primary health care activities in South Sudan. SSUHA’s main office is in Yei River County but it also has field offices in Lainya, Kajo-Keji, and Morobo counties. Currently, SSUHA has a liaison office in Juba that caters for most of its coordination activities with the donors and other partners.

SSUHA has worked with many donors and partners in the past. Sectors in which it worked include Primary Health Care, WASH, Food Security and Livelihoods, and Protection.

SSUHA is a long-standing and trusted delivery partner of Health Care South Sudan, a relationships established by Health Care South Sudan’s founder Dr Alison Smithies in 2007. Health Care South Sudan’s earliest work involved supported SSUHA as a delivery partner on projects to train health care staff and build primary health care facilities including the building of a clinic in Kajo Keji.

Most recently Health Care South Sudan is working with SSUHA to deliver WASH (Water Hygiene and Sanitation) programmes, via its fundraising campaign Hygiene is in your hands, to improve equal access to safe water and sanitation facilities and promote good hygiene practices in Lainya County, South Sudan. The community participatory WASH programmes are aimed at improving the health of thousands of people addressing the immediate need to mitigate the spread of Covid-19 and other water related diseases. The work is also focused on strengthening recovery and maintaining community-led WASH services in the long-term.

Yo’ Care South Sudan

Established in December 2009, Yo’ Care South Sudan is a not-for-profit, non-political, Non-Government Organisation (NGO) based in Juba, South Sudan. The organisation is run by South Sudanese medical, healthcare, and nutritional professionals to create, develop, and provide comprehensive and integrated basic healthcare, nutrition, and WASH (Water, Hygiene and Sanitation) services to the South Sudanese public.

Yo’ Care South Sudan has worked in partnership with various donors, including IntraHealth, USAID and South Sudan Humanitarian Fund (SSHF). This work currently includes the implementation of a four-year USAID funded Advancing HIV/AIDS Epidemic Control (AHEC) activity in South Sudan helping key populations in Juba, Rumbek, Nimule, Bor, Wau & Yambio.

Health Care South Sudan has been in regular contact with Yo’ Care since 2020, building a relationship and exploring opportunities to work in partnership. Most recently (March 2021), Health Care South Sudan has partnered with Yo’ Care to support a baseline study on WASH conditions in marginalised and vulnerable communities living around and at the foot of Mount Jebel in Juba, South Sudan. The baseline assessment will involve a questionnaire to survey approximately 4,000 households in 10 villages supported by focus group discussions that include both women, girls, and men. It is hoped that the baseline study will provide a better understanding of the current situation in relation to water supply, sanitation and hygiene and allow for a participatory approach for future WASH projects to support the community.