RMF Founder and CEO Dr. Martina Fuchs visited RMF South Sudan’s project sites, including Juba Teaching Hospital (JTH), during the reporting quarter. This further reaffirmed RMF’s commitment in supporting JTH and the people of South Sudan.
The supply of pharmaceuticals for Juba Teaching Hospital (thanks to DRI’s support) has supplemented gaps, improving patient care and lifting the burden from patients who had to purchase some prescribed treatments from private clinics.
RMF South Sudan’s financial system was strengthened with the help of a procured laptop for the RMF finance officer to aid in operations at the management level.
Waiting times in the Antenatal Care Unit (ACU) have been reduced, since there are now three well-furnished examination rooms compared to only one before the renovation. This has a very positive effect, as women are receiving quality services and encouraging their communities to visit JTH.
The trained healthcare professionals at JTH continued to practice the concepts of psycho-trauma support, enabling them to identify and manage traumatized patients.
Staff coordinated and contracted an expatriate from Kajo Keji Health Training Institute to analyze and produce the report for the qualitative part of the Maternal Near-Miss Audit report conducted at Juba Teaching Hospital (JTH). The final report is expected to be published next quarter (the third quarter of 2017).
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.
Direct project beneficiaries are approximately 444,680 people living in Juba and the immediate surrounding areas