South Sudan: Juba College of Nursing and Midwifery (JCONAM)
141 Fully Sponsored Students: Q1 2017
June 04, 2017
Dr. Taban Martin Vitale
Summary of Activities
- Continued support of college human resources through payment of the national tutors’ salaries.
- 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 over the reporting period. Support and activities are in line with the approved JCONAM annual work plan.
- Continued facilitation of interlinkages with the UNFPA, MOH, IMC, and other stakeholders to guarantee quality assurance in the implementation of both nursing and midwifery curricula in the diploma program.
- Coordinated RMF activities with other organizations and UN agencies supporting the Juba College of Nursing and Midwifery (JCONAM) by participating in meetings and conferences.
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- Background & Objectives
RMF-Provided National Tutor
Support and Teaching Roles
In addition to her role of lecturing and mentoring students in clinical studies, the national tutor provided by RMF continued to support JCONAM’s administration in management of the college.
Health eVillages Preloaded Tablets
Improved Patient Care
The two college tutors continued to supervise and mentor the nurses/midwives provided with Health eVillages preloaded tablets, which in turn has improved patient care in the facility, as healthcare professionals are able to do quick reference checks and provide health education using the devices.
Meeting Medical Needs
RMF procures and stocks the JCONAM dispensary with essential medicines; the students and the college staff receive medication from JCONAM for simple medical conditions.
Coordinated RMF activities with other organizations and UN agencies supporting the Juba College of Nursing and Midwifery (JCONAM) by participating in meetings and conferences.
Students Provide Services
Bridging the Gap
JCONAM students in clinical practice continued to provide healthcare services at Juba Teaching Hospital (JTH) and primary healthcare centers within the city of Juba, bridging gaps in human resources and improving quality of care.
Diploma Training Program
Developing a Bridge Course
Stakeholders in nursing and midwifery education and services are undertaking the development of a bridge course for community/enrolled midwives to be accepted into JCONAM’s diploma training program with the ability to complete the course in less than 3 years.
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.