Mary Help Nursing College

Mary Help College of Nursing and Midwifery

Mary Help College of Nursing is the first registered nurses training center in the Republic of the South Sudan.

It was founded in 2007 in Wau, Western Bahr El Ghazal state, in order to upgrade the certificate nurses and to train knowledgeable skilled professional nurses.

The college works closely with the ministry of Health, Western Bah El Ghazal state and the ministry of health, Republic of South Sudan.

The college functions under the close supervision of His Lordship Bishop Rudolf Deng Majak, Bishop of Wau Diocese, and Catholic Church.

The Need

Decades of Conflict have led to the health system in South Sudan which has some of the worst in the global health indicators

Access to health care is available to less than 50% of the population and the country currently has approximately 1.5 doctors and 2 nurses for every 100,000 population. WHO recommends 180 doctors and 250 Nurses for every 100,000 population.

According to the Government of South Sudan and WHO, the life expectancy in South Sudan is 47 years, a striking 26 years lass than the Global average of 68. The maternal mortality ratio is 2054/100,000 live births – one of the highest in the world.


The Mary Help College of Nursing and Midwifery is mainly focusing on improving health sector of the South Sudan.

In the past seven years ( 2008 to 2014)   the college has graduated 93 community health workers, 76 registered Nurses and 41 Midwives for strengthening the rural and urban health sector of South Sudan.