Continued support of human resources through payment of salary for national tutors. Supported the recruitment process of first-year students. The two master trainers for the Health eVillages project continued to benefit from the provided tablets preloaded with medical materials.
Support to the National Ministry of Health, Republic of South Sudan and project partners in the coordination and implementation of project activities during the reporting period. Also in line with the approved college annual work plan. Continued facilitation of inter-linkages with UNFPA, MOH, IMC, and other stakeholders in ensuring quality assurance in the implementation of both nursing and midwifery curricula in the diploma program.
Coordination of RMF activities with other organizations and UN agencies supporting Juba College of Nursing and Midwifery (JCONAM) by participating in meetings and conferences. Sponsorship of first, second, and third-year nursing and midwifery students at JCONAM through provision of uniforms, skills laboratory equipment, clinical training equipment, books, stationery and Information Technology (IT) equipment.
College students are now getting good support and mentorship from JTH staff and college tutors while in clinical practice, following the formation of a joint JCONAM-JTH committee which enhances the relationship between JCONAM and JTH administration.
The two college tutors continued to supervise and mentor the nurses/midwives provided with Health eVillages preloaded tablets, which has improved patient care in the facility as the healthcare professionals are able to do quick reference checks and provide health education using the devices.
The Ministry of Health, through the support of RMF and other stakeholders, is working on replicating JCONAM in other states. This will translate into the continued growth in the number of nursing and midwifery diploma institutes in South Sudan and new Nursing/ Midwifery partnerships for RMF.
Stakeholders in nursing and midwifery education and services are undertaking the development of a bridge course for Community /Enrolled Midwives for acceptance into diploma training to complete the course in less than 3 years.
The Diploma in Nursing/Midwifery Curriculum approved by the Ministry of Health (MOH) will be used as a model document alongside the college structures for replication in other states.
South Sudan’s maternal mortality remains the highest in the world – 2,054 per 100,000 live births. This is an astronomical figure representing a 1 in 7 chance of a woman dying during her lifetime from pregnancy related causes. Currently, there is only one qualified midwife per 30,000 people. Real Medicine Foundation, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health of South Sudan, UNFPA, UNICEF, UNDP, WHO, St. Mary’s Hospital Juba Link, Isle of Wight, CIDA, and the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and in partnership with and with financial support from World Children’s Fund, has established South Sudan’s first ever accredited College of Nursing and Midwifery.