Baseline Survey and Gender Barriers Study of the Improving MNCH Survival Program

Canadian Red Cross

OSC conducted a baseline survey on the Maternal, Newborn and Child Survival Program in Gogrial West, Warrap, South Sudan to better understand why women and children do not access healthcare services. OSC led the design, development, and implementation of a quantitative population-based assessment of maternal, newborn, and child health. Using qualitative methodology, interviews were undertaken to better understand the nuances of the area with regard to child violence, gender, GBV, and gender roles. OSC recruited and trained local data collectors through a combination of classroom teaching and experiential role-play followed by field observation. After collecting survey results, OSC cleaned, analyzed, and processed data from nearly 1000 households. OSC’s survey will help understand the status of outcome indicators, including gender sensitive indicators at the beginning of the program, in order to fine-tune priority activities and to use the data as baseline information to track progress. In addition, the survey seeks to understand gender barriers to accessing healthcare services and engaging in health prevention practices for women, men, boys and girls. The results of this survey will help develop a solution to increase demand for health services in South Sudan.