In spite of the difficulties caused by ongoing armed conflict, food insecurity, and high inflation, RMF South Sudan’s team continues to provide high-quality healthcare services and support to the people of South Sudan.
On behalf of RMF South Sudan’s health team, our team leader, and all of Real Medicine Foundation, we thank Direct Relief International for the generous gesture and the invaluable donation, especially at this time, when the national health system is in dire need of supplies and equipment and crippled by the increasing number of outbreaks, poor nutrition, and poverty aggravated by the ongoing internal conflict.
It is anticipated, and noted with joy, that there will be a significant increase in similar donations to strengthen the health system of South Sudan with robust pharmaceutical supplies and equipment. Our South Sudan team believes this will continue with the great leadership of Dr. Martina and Dr. Taban through the coming years.
On April 4th, 2017, RMF South Sudan was encouraged to receive assorted medical supplies and drugs donated by Direct Relief International to support our humanitarian interventions. The total value of the donation is approximately US$ 1,258.61. The assorted drugs and supplements will be donated to Juba Teaching Hospital (run by the South Sudan Ministry of Health and supported by RMF) and the Gorwai and Pibor primary health care centers (RMF-supported facilities).
The drugs were received and cleared through Freight Clearing Agent, because the requirements (the certificate of tax exemption) were missing and the clearance and process would take more than 1–2 months. RMF obtained a certificate from the Food and Drug Authority, Republic of South Sudan.
The list of medical supplies and vitamin supplements, as well as their shelf life, was reviewed for accuracy and compared with the actual delivery. All was found to be correct.
In order to reinforce support for primary and tertiary health care in South Sudan, specifically through Juba Teaching Hospital and the two RMF-supported health facilities in rural settings, there is need to obtain a needs-based list of drugs from the beneficiary hospital and health facilities. Their list will be verified against the common essential drugs in the country.
Juba Teaching Hospital, the only referral hospital in the whole country of South Sudan, is located in its capital Juba, Central Equatoria State. With an estimated population of 10.16 million basing on annual population growth of 3% from a population census conducted in 2008 and lack of proper functioning primary health care facilities upcountry, many South Sudanese have nowhere to go to but this national referral hospital. Military and police hospitals, if any, are non-functional country wide, forcing soldiers and officers to share the limited facilities with civilians.
Juba Teaching Hospital is directly funded by the central government through the National Ministry of Health, and supported by Real Medicine Foundation, Medical Mission International, UN agencies and other NGOs. Our overarching goal is to improve the quality and sustainability of medical and surgical services provided at Juba Teaching Hospital.