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. The consortium aims to provide a scalable working model for this college that offers a 3-year diploma for Registered Nursing and Midwifery and is envisioned to be extended to other strategic locations within the newly independent country of South Sudan. This graduated level of nurses and midwives aims to fill the gap of professional skilled care services, destroyed as a result of more than two decades of civil strife and war.
From the beginning of Real Medicine’s involvement with the Juba College of Nursing and Midwifery (JCONAM), as both a project founder and partner, the idea behind establishing this college was to develop an institute that would provide a long-term solution towards addressing South Sudan’s high maternal mortality by increasing access to and quality of human resources for health. The first class of nurses and midwives graduated in August 2013.
For more information visit JCONAM’s website.
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