South Sudan: Juba College of Nursing and Midwifery (JCONAM)

Respectful Health Care and Psycho-Trauma Support Workshop: November 15-17 2016

November 17, 2016
Siama Abdalla and Dr. Taban Martin Vitale

Summary of Activities

In addition to providing a 3-year diploma and hands-on training at the only national referral hospital in South Sudan, Juba Teaching Hospital, RMF-supported Juba College of Nursing and Midwifery (JCONAM) requires students to attend workshops on Respectful Health Care and Psycho-Trauma Support. The most recent workshop was conducted November 15th to November 17th, 2016. The workshop’s 3 main facilitators were:

  • Siama Abdalla Lado – RMF Midwifery Tutor
  • Jemelia Sake – National College Tutor
  • Judith Draleru – UN Midwife Volunteer

Because of the large number of students, the 3 workshop facilitators and RMF South Sudan’s Team Leader Dr. Taban Martin agreed that students be divided into 2 groups to ensure full engagement and participation.

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Results &


  • JCONAM Workshop

    Three Days of Seminars

    Targeted Education

    Day 1

    • Date: November 15, 2016
    • Topic: Respectful Health Care
    • Participants: 22 third-year JCONAM midwifery students

    Day 2

    • Date: November 16, 2016
    • Topic: Respectful Health Care
    • Participants: 29 third-year JCONAM nursing students

    Day 3

    • Date: November 17, 2016
    • Topic: Psycho-Trauma Support
    • Participants: 50 third-year JCONAM nursing and midwifery students
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    Effective Training

    The Respectful Health Care training received by 51 of JCONAM’s third-year students (29 nursing students and 22 midwifery students) has positively impacted their working relationship with Juba Teaching Hospital’s healthcare professionals, leading to overall patient satisfaction.

    The Psycho-Trauma Support training received by 50 of JCONAM’s third-year students has equipped them to identify and provide psycho-social support to patients during their clinical rotations in Juba Teaching Hospital and primary healthcare centers in the city of Juba.

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    Student Response

    Positive Feedback

    Students expressed their gratitude for a certificate of attendance.This workshop also emphasizes concepts already taught in ethics, code of conduct, and professionalism classes, which are being fully integrated into JCONAM’s curriculum. The feedback received from students showed that the training was important to them. Students acknowledge their appreciation for RMF, Dr. Taban Martin, the 3 workshop facilitators, and RMF Logistic Coordinator Brown Bismarck. We will continue to implement this training in each of the three years of students’ training at JCONAM.

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& Objectives


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.

  • Provide model courses in Registered Nursing and Registered Midwifery in the first National Health Training Diploma Institute in South Sudan
  • Provide a curriculum recognized by all ministries associated with education in the ROSS (new designation for the new Republic of South Sudan, replacing GOSS)
  • Provide leading edge skills laboratory and library for the students
  • Provide improved clinical setting for student training
  • Provide highly qualified instructors and tutors for the duration of the three year program
  • Provide an unprecedented model of health care sector capacity building for South Sudan
  • Provide a sustainable solution to South Sudan’s Maternal and Infant Mortality Rate, the former, which is the highest in the world at 2,054/100,000 as per the 2006 South Sudan Household Survey. Approximately 200,000 women die each year giving birth.
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51 of JCONAM’s third-year students received Respectful Health Care training.

50 of JCONAM’s third-year students received Psycho-Trauma Support training.

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