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RMF in Newsweek

Giving Birth in South Sudan: A Matter of Life and Death

June 01, 2016
Newsweek

“We want to change the attitude of the healthcare workers to have respect, to treat people with care, with respect, with dignity,” says Vitale. “If we can do that… the mothers will come, they will be cared for, they will be happy, and they will go back to their homes and tell their neighbors to come and deliver from JTH." (Juba Training Hospital) – Dr. Taban Vitale

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UNHCR Update on South Sudan Emergency Response

February 18 - March 2

March 21, 2016

On behalf of the UNHCR Representative to Uganda, please find attached the latest UNHCR Uganda updates on the South Sudan emergency response.

 

Highlights
South Sudan
  • The trend of South Sudanese new arrivals crossing into Uganda saw a decrease this week. A total of 2254 individuals arrived, an average of 161 people every day, down from 3729 new arrivals reported previously (266 individuals daily). However, this is still lower than the rate of new arrivals we have typically been receiving since the start of 2016. The total number of South Sudanese registered and active in Uganda has decreased from the...
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2015 Graduation Ceremony

Tackling Maternal Mortality

December 10, 2015
DR. Martina Fuchs

It began with the dream to tackle the maternal mortality in South Sudan, the highest in the world, and to train a new cadre of nurses and midwives. In 2009, there were 4 registered midwives in all of South Sudan, now, with Juba College of Nursing and Midwifery that we co-founded in 2010, 113 Diploma Level Nurses and Midwives have graduated, the 3rd class on December 10, 2015.

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Future Doctors for South Sudan Students

Meet Hellen

July 09, 2015

My name is Hellen. I am a 25 year old girl, from South Sudan, Eastern Equatoria State. I am a first born in a family of 5 children. I was born in 1989 in a small village called Lafon, in Eastern Equatoria. I was raised by a single mom in Kakuma camp since my father died during war when we were so little. My life history like many of the South Sudanese my age is so sad.

I was only one year old when my father was recruited to the army; from there we had to leave my village for...

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Maternal Near-Miss Project

Training Midwives

April 16, 2015

These photos show one of the co-primary investigators, Mr. Fekadu Mazengia, for our Ministry of Health Ethics Committee-approved research project, the Maternal Near-Miss Project, looking at maternal mortality and morbidity at Juba Teaching Hospital. He is training individuals that the head midwife has selected with Taban Martin (Team Leader, Healthcare Projects, South Sudan) as data collectors. These are all midwives being trained in exactly why and how to accurately collect information (the quantitative variables) on every birth that occurs during the project duration so we can identify those who almost died and our master interviewers can do in depth interviews...

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Direct Relief International

Shipment and Donation of Medical Items to Juba Teaching Hospital

January 10, 2015

By Dr. Taban Martin Vitale

Background

South Sudan is still recovering from more than two decades of civil war, which broke out in 1983 and lasted until the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in 2005 between the Khartoum Government and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA). Most of the health training institutes and health facilities in South Sudan were destroyed during the war hence worsening the health situation and health indicators in the country. South Sudan finally became an independent and recognized state on July 9, 2011. In December of 2013, the current conflict...

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Support Women and Children this Holiday Season

Meet Deborah Mathew

November 29, 2014

Help us give more women and children the chance to realize their potential this holiday season by making a donation to our Giving Tuesday campaign. Every dollar will go directly to the field and give women like Deborah Mathew a chance at a better life.

During the fighting between government and oppositional forces for control of Malakal town in South Sudan in December 2013 Deborah Mathew, a 25 year old South Sudanese national and midwifery student at JCONAM, witnessed the murder of her uncle, his wife and their three children. Deborah was orphaned as a small child and lived...

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Giving Tuesday

Support Women and Children this Holiday Season

November 24, 2014

At RMF we believe every life deserves the chance to realize its potential. When people are liberated from their fight for survival, they begin creating a better life for themselves and their community.

We believe in the human ability to transform. Our innate capacity to create transcends differences of ethnicity and economic standing. We are human because of our potential to change the world. When we are at our best, we are co-creators.

By empowering the people we are trying to help, we discover visionaries and partners who are best able to solve their own problems.

When we share this...

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Huffington Post: Ebola is not the problem

November 12, 2014
Cindy Stein Urbanc

Published on Huffington Post on 11/13/2014 by Cindy Stein Urbanc, RMF’s Coordinator for Maternal and Child Health Programs

Link to Article Here

As we all know, Ebola has dominated the global headlines in recent months. The media has stretched the entire continuum from minimization to sensationalizing the current outbreak. This has spanned things like the initial “expert” interviews reporting the improbability of a jump across continents to now, a short few months later, laypeople now demanding a moratorium on African travel. Like all things, the reality of what should have been and still could be done to prevent a...

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Meet Suzan Phoni Loro

2013 JCONAM Graduate

November 07, 2014

Suzan Phoni Loro is from Juba and is 32 years old. She is married, has two children, and came to JCONAM after working as a certified nurse right at Juba Teaching Hospital. She hopes to resume working at JTH or with a local NGO but says that despite being from Central Equatoria, she would be willing to relocate to anywhere in South Sudan for a good job.

Her biggest hope is that support will be provided for new graduates to attend continuing education where they can upgrade their skills once they are in the workforce. For example, she would like...

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