Women of Blue Nile State
A women’s group in the rural Blue Nile State of Sudan has been working and making strides to lower the Sudanese maternal mortality rate: a prevalent issue that has affected Sudanese and South Sudanese mothers at an alarming rate. In 2019, South Sudan had the highest rate of maternal deaths during childbirth than any other country, with approximately 800 deaths for every 100,000 live births. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the World Health Organization, over 93% of maternal deaths during childbirth occur in developing countries.
However, there are organizations taking action in order to assist Sudan and South Sudan’s high maternal mortality rates. The United Nations Population Fund has donated a tuk tuk: a three-wheeled ambulance to a women’s group in Sudan that will allow the women in labor in the Blue Nile State get quickly and safely transported to the nearest hospital. This women’s group has been pivotal in Sudan’s steps toward gender equality and providing safe, reliable health care for women.