Health Pooled Fund, South Sudan

The Health Pooled Fund (HPF) is a three and a half year partnership with the Government of South Sudan’s (GRSS), Ministry of Health (MoH) which has successfully strengthened health systems and delivered essential health services across 6 states. Crown Agents leads a consortium which includes Health Partners International and Montrose International, to deliver the HPF which currently funds 21 implementing partners to support primary health care services in 686 health facilities, including 19 hospitals, across 39 counties.

The HPF is supported by the Australian Government’s Overseas Aid Program (AusAid), the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the British Government’s Department for International Development (DFID), the European Union (EU), and the Swedish International Development and Cooperation Agency (SIDA

Our consortium’s adaptive programming approach has ensured continuous service delivery throughout the outbreak of conflict and continuing instability, as well as responding to additional demands from GRSS. As a result of this, HPF has delivered key achievements including:

  • 207,862 children immunised against preventable childhood illnesses
  • 23, 707 women of reproductive age received family planning reinforcing their right to determine number/spacing of children and, by preventing unintended pregnancy, reducing number of maternal deaths and infant mortality
  • 439,316 mothers-to-be attended first antenatal care appointments, with 139, 522 continuing though to fourth antenatal visit
  • 94, 274 women delivered to health facilities and 56% of all deliveries attended by a skilled birth attendant resulting in more women getting access to clean, safe and reliable treatment
  • With female representation of 35% on health committees, we are supporting community health structures and promoting community engagement and ownership of health facilities, a key factor in strengthening the sustainability of services.

HPI led the Strategic Health Systems Support Initiative (SHSSI) which has provided technical assistance and support for government. This has included; introducing reforms through a change management process with close attention to contextualised institutional behaviour and ongoing learning-by-doing; as well as building political and institutional commitment to change, with strong local ownership integrated into locally-developed strategic frameworks. HPI has also trained and deployed specialists and officers to be embedded in MoH and State Ministry of Health (SMoH) respectively.

The HPI team is led by Dr Emmanuel Sokpo, an HPI Senior Partner, and works in collaboration with HISP to strengthen the Health Management Information System.

Read the latest on the project on the HPF blog.