One of the Top 10 Educational Initiatives & Solutions Improving the Life of Girls and Women Worldwide by Women Deliver


  • The women in South Sudan face alarmingly low maternal health status. Many health education approaches have been used to promote women health in post conflict settings. Yet, most of these approaches had limited understanding of complexity of social institutions and cultures in which behavior is contextualized.

    Twelve researchers, their supervisor, 2 employees of local NGO, 10 local women and 10 local theatrical band members in Renk County, worked together to identify the important issues related to women health in their community. These issues were transformed into health messages that were used in developing context-friendly material delivered in the form of pictograms, songs, and drama. At the end of this project the students and participants’ understanding of maternal health issues in Renk County was enhanced.

    The learning and behavioral change (for both researchers and participants) happened during the process of developing and delivering of the educational materials. The local community understood, appreciated and enjoyed the delivered materials since they were tailored and conveyed by their local people. IPHE Approach engaged researchers with community members and promoted their knowledge about maternal health issues in post conflict settings. Involving local theatrical band members and employees from local women organization will help ensure the sustainability of this project. This project effectively engaged the community to help themselves to produce context- friendly educational material to promote women’s health in a post conflict setting.
    IPHE approach has been recognized on March 2012 as one of the top ten Educational Initiative Ideas and Solutions improving the lives of girls and women worldwide by Women Deliver, a global advocacy organization.

    IPHE Approach effectively advocated for maternal health, strengthened the capacity of researchers and policy makers, and engaged the community. The approach enhanced the contribution of marginalized communities to identify need, planning and designing future health services in a post conflict setting.

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