– Shannon Kaupp, RM in Canada
Despite the distance factor, midwives from both countries have formed bonds based on peer‑to‑peer mentoring support.
I feel inspired to wake and save my community and country at large … to fight against maternal and neonatal mortality … giving good care to the mothers during pregnancy and delivery.
– Dut Deng Mayen, Midwife in South Sudan
Throughout the implementation of the SMSII project, I feel I have also contributed to women’s empowerment, though there are still more gaps and challenges that need to be addressed through communities and policies for affirmative programs.
The communities continue to have many health threats, though there are numerous help health implementing partners. I feel I have become more resilient and also learned to be tolerant to work even at an international level. My future plan is to be a tutor for midwives, nurses and other health practitioners.