Category: South Sudan


Rising Stronger

A Story of Hope

August 13, 2019 - South Sudan

Rachel Wright

Nakoria Logge and her baby brother in Boma

Nakoria Logge is a 16-year-old girl from Kessingor, South Sudan. After her mother died, she was left to care for her 7-year-old sister and 5-month-old twin brothers alone, as her father stays in a cattle camp and is not involved in their lives. Her days consist of trying to sustain her siblings:

…there was not enough food for my brothers to eat and they became sick and malnourished. There are no health facilities around Kessingor. The nearest one is in Boma which is two days’ walk…

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“We want to change the attitude of the healthcare workers to have respect, to treat people with care, with respect, with dignity,” says Vitale. “If we can do that… the mothers will come, they will be cared for, they will be happy, and they will go back to their homes and tell their neighbors to come and deliver from JTH." (Juba Training Hospital) – Dr. Taban Vitale

Read full article on RMF’s work in South Sudan here

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On behalf of the UNHCR Representative to Uganda, please find attached the latest UNHCR Uganda updates on the South Sudan emergency response.



South Sudan
The trend of South Sudanese new arrivals crossing into Uganda saw a decrease this week. A total of 2254 individuals arrived, an average of 161 people every day, down from 3729 new arrivals reported previously (266 individuals daily). However, this is still lower than the rate of new arrivals we have typically been receiving since the start of 2016. The total number of South Sudanese registered and active in Uganda…
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2015 Graduation Ceremony

Tackling Maternal Mortality

December 10, 2015 - South Sudan

DR. Martina Fuchs

It began with the dream to tackle the maternal mortality in South Sudan, the highest in the world, and to train a new cadre of nurses and midwives. In 2009, there were 4 registered midwives in all of South Sudan, now, with Juba College of Nursing and Midwifery that we co-founded in 2010, 113 Diploma Level Nurses and Midwives have graduated, the 3rd class on December 10, 2015.

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My name is Hellen. I am a 25 year old girl, from South Sudan, Eastern Equatoria State. I am a first born in a family of 5 children. I was born in 1989 in a small village called Lafon, in Eastern Equatoria. I was raised by a single mom in Kakuma camp since my father died during war when we were so little. My life history like many of the South Sudanese my age is so sad.

I was only one year old when my father was recruited to the army; from there we had to leave my…

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These photos show one of the co-primary investigators, Mr. Fekadu Mazengia, for our Ministry of Health Ethics Committee-approved research project, the Maternal Near-Miss Project, looking at maternal mortality and morbidity at Juba Teaching Hospital. He is training individuals that the head midwife has selected with Taban Martin (Team Leader, Healthcare Projects, South Sudan) as data collectors. These are all midwives being trained in exactly why and how to accurately collect information (the quantitative variables) on every birth that occurs during the project duration so we can identify those who almost died and our master interviewers can do in depth…

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By Dr. Taban Martin Vitale


South Sudan is still recovering from more than two decades of civil war, which broke out in 1983 and lasted until the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in 2005 between the Khartoum Government and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA). Most of the health training institutes and health facilities in South Sudan were destroyed during the war hence worsening the health situation and health indicators in the country. South Sudan finally became an independent and recognized state on July 9, 2011. In December of 2013, the…

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Help us give more women and children the chance to realize their potential this holiday season by making a donation to our Giving Tuesday campaign. Every dollar will go directly to the field and give women like Deborah Mathew a chance at a better life.

During the fighting between government and oppositional forces for control of Malakal town in South Sudan in December 2013 Deborah Mathew, a 25 year old South Sudanese national and midwifery student at JCONAM, witnessed the murder of her uncle, his wife and their three children. Deborah was orphaned as a…

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At RMF we believe every life deserves the chance to realize its potential. When people are liberated from their fight for survival, they begin creating a better life for themselves and their community.

We believe in the human ability to transform. Our innate capacity to create transcends differences of ethnicity and economic standing. We are human because of our potential to change the world. When we are at our best, we are co-creators.

By empowering the people we are trying to help, we discover visionaries and partners who are best able to solve their…

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Huffington Post: Ebola is not the problem

November 12, 2014

Cindy Stein Urbanc

Published on Huffington Post on 11/13/2014 by Cindy Stein Urbanc, RMF’s Coordinator for Maternal and Child Health Programs

Link to Article Here

As we all know, Ebola has dominated the global headlines in recent months. The media has stretched the entire continuum from minimization to sensationalizing the current outbreak. This has spanned things like the initial “expert” interviews reporting the improbability of a jump across continents to now, a short few months later, laypeople now demanding a moratorium on African travel. Like all things, the reality of what should have been and still could be…

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Meet Suzan Phoni Loro

2013 JCONAM Graduate

November 07, 2014 - South Sudan

Suzan Phoni Loro is from Juba and is 32 years old. She is married, has two children, and came to JCONAM after working as a certified nurse right at Juba Teaching Hospital. She hopes to resume working at JTH or with a local NGO but says that despite being from Central Equatoria, she would be willing to relocate to anywhere in South Sudan for a good job.

Her biggest hope is that support will be provided for new graduates to attend continuing education where they can upgrade their skills once they are in the workforce.…

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RMF Reunites 2nd Year Nursing Student

Peter Atiep Rejoins His Family

April 11, 2014 - South Sudan

By Dr. Taban Martin Vitale

Meet Peter

Peter Atiep is a South Sudanese national from Upper Nile State, Baliet County. A second year nursing student of Juba College of Nursing and Midwifery (JCONAM), Peter is married to Ajak Abe Nyok and they have 5 children (3 girls and 2 boys): Abuk Atiep Kur, a 10-year-old girl; Awol Atiep Kur, an 8-year-old boy; Monyuat Atiep Kur, a 6-year-old boy; Nyalueth Atiep Kur, a 3-year-old girl and Nyanlong Atiep Kur a baby girl of 3 months.


When the fight broke out in Juba in mid-December 2013, Peter and his family were in…

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On February 22 Martina and crew drove from Juba to the South Sudan/Uganda border to visit Nimule Hospital and Internally Displaced Person (IDP) camps on the South Sudan side, and refugee camps on the Ugandan side of the border.


Nimule Hospital started in the early 1970s as a clinic and was upgraded to a hospital in 1983. Interventions are in 3 main areas: Healthcare, Nutrition and HIV/AIDS. The bed capacity of Nimule Hospital is 174 beds, which is very small considering it serves the entire population of Magwi County (287,000 people), travelers from…

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As part of my visit, we followed up on RMF’s work at the Pediatric Wards of Juba Teaching Hospital. As part of a Health Systems Strengthening project, RMF began upgrading the infrastructure at JTH in the spring of 2013, starting with the wards of the Pediatric Department. RMF is also supporting the procurement of furniture, medical equipment, and supplies for the Pediatric Department.

Milestones achieved include the full renovation of Pediatric Wards 5 and 7 (total bed capacity of 120 beds), development of guidelines and policies and provision of supplies for the maintenance of the renovated Pediatric Wards;…

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I just received Martina’s report from her trip to South Sudan and Uganda from February 12 to March 2. There is a lot of information and many, many photos so I’m going to split the report into several posts. Check back all this week for more coverage!

From February 12-22 Martina visited the Outpatient Department/Accident & Emergency Department at Juba Teaching Hospital to evaluate the situation and needs with Dr Mayen Achiek, Assistant Professor of Surgery, College of Medicine, Consultant Surgeon, Juba Teaching Hospital. The hospital is overcrowded as a result of the current crisis so…

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Recent fighting has driven more than 65,000 refugees from DRC into Uganda and an update from RMF’s Panyadoli Health Center in Uganda confirms "the situation continues to be desperate, especially for small children and pregnant women." RMF has provided a large supply of medicines and supplies to Bundibugyo Refugee Settlement and we have been asked to continue supplying medicine that is not being provided by other NGOs. Urgent priorities include additional shelter, water sources, communal kitchens, vaccination clinics for children under five, as well as support to existing health centers.

But there is good news despite the…

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Grant funds more than 13,000 pounds of medical supplies

January 21, 2014 /strong> Los Angeles, CA Today Real Medicine Foundation (RMF) announced that it has successfully delivered more than 13,000 pounds of urgently needed medicines, medical supplies and equipment to Juba Teaching Hospital.  Because of the generous support of Michael Wilson and The Maya Foundation, RMF was able to initiate the procurement of critically needed supplies in Kampala to be shipped to Juba Teaching Hospital in the course of late December/early January. 856 boxes of medicines, medical supplies and equipment were provided…

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Humanity United announced today that it will provide Real Medicine Foundation with a $50,000 grant to provide supplies, medicine and support for the Juba Teaching Hospital in South Sudan. The aid comes at a critical time for the country, with violence since mid-December displacing over 180,000 people.

To learn more about the grant the Humanity United press release has been posted below and for a recent update on the hospital click here.

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Humanity United Provides…

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Speech by Dr. Eluzai Abe Hakim, Consultant Physician and Medical Adviser to the Juba Link on the occasion of the graduation of the first Diploma Holding Nurses and Midwives at the Juba College of Nursing and Midwifery (JCONAM), Thursday 29th August 2013, Juba, South Sudan.

I wish to offer my hearty congratulations to the first Diploma graduates in Nursing and Midwifery from the Juba College of Nursing and Midwifery (JCONAM). My congratulations also go to the principal of the College, Ms. Petronella Wawa, the staff of the College, the Director General…

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July 9, 2012

Press Contact: Lilly Ghahremani and Fred Ascher

(310) 663-6756


July 9, 2012 – LOS ANGELES, CA – Today internationally acclaimed humanitarian relief and development organization Real Medicine Foundation joins in celebrating South Sudan’s first anniversary of its independence day. The organization has a close history with the new nation, where its CEO and Founder Dr. Martina Fuchs has just returned from visiting with the students, faculty, and staff of Juba College of Nursing and Midwifery…

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Let Love Live. Mother’s Day 2012

May 08, 2012 - South Sudan

  Midwifery and Nursing Students gathered in front of new college buildings


Let love live.

Not sure what to get Mom this year? As you get ready to celebrate Mother’s Day, please consider participating in Real Medicine’s Let Love Live drive to pay it forward!

First, the sad stuff: South Sudan’s maternal mortality remains the 5th highest in the world. Maternal mortality is unnecessarily high in South Sudan due to the fact that fewer than 20 certified midwives and even fewer registered nurses exist in the entire country. There is a severe…

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Photo: Dr. Martina C. Fuchs, RMF Founder/CEO, making new friends at the Lwala, Kenya Community Hospital, October 1, 2011

We are so grateful to all our friends, supporters and teams around the world and wish everyone a fantastic 2012!

Having wrapped up another successful  we want to pause and say a huge THANK YOU to all of you who supported our work in 2011.  You have helped us achieve so much, and we give our deep thanks to everyone for your generosity and support!

In 2011 we..

In Japan, post-earthquake and…

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by Sophia Nyame, RMF project partner with UNFPA in Southern Sudan


The teachers, students, and mentors of our Juba College of Nursing and Midwifery recently held a very succesful 3 day clinical mentoring workshop sponsored by the UNFPA on May 18th-20th in Juba, Southern Sudan, to build the skills of everyone involved in the clinic training of our students.

Background:  Clinical Practice for nursing and midwifery students in training is essential in developing their skills and competencies for effective patient care. Students in clinical settings needs to be guided, supervised and…

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As our project in Southern Sudan, the Juba College of Nursing and Midwifery completes its First Quarter of 2011, we are proud that the College is continuing its program with the welcome support of all the partners within the Southern Sudan Government, Ministry of Health, United Nations (UNFPA and UNDP) and all other supporting NGO’s. After the tense but successful independence referendum was passed in January, the teachers and students were able to return to the College and continue with the second semester of their respective programs.

A full report has been published to our website here,…

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Post-referendum Monitor

South Sudan clashes between army and militia kill 57 (BBC) Gabriel Tanginya reports himself to South Sudan army (ST) Constitutional review: S. Sudan civil society activists decry lack of participation (ST)

The Highlights

South Sudan clashes between army and militia kill 57

At least 57 people have been killed in fighting between government forces and a rebel militia in South Sudan, officials have said.

South Sudan army spokesman Brig Malaak Ayuen said dozens were also wounded in the clashes in the state of Jonglei.

In a separate incident in Jonglei, a Sudanese…

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Southern Sudan Post Referendum Update

February 25, 2011 - South Sudan

Real Medicine Foundation, in collaboration with the Government of South Sudan, the UNFPA, the WHO, St. Mary’s Hospital, Isle of Wight, and the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and in partnership with and with financial support from World Children’s Fund, is establishing the first College of Nursing and Midwifery. The consortium aims to provide a scalable working model for this college that will offer a 3 year diploma for Registered Nursing and Midwifery and may be extended to other strategic locations within the country.


Here are some excerpts from our partner in Sudan, the…

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It is with relief and pride that we read the results of the South Sudanese referendum vote for independence from the North. Our project in Sudan , the new Juba College of Nursing and Midwifery, was directly impacted by the ability of the referendum to be carried out peacefully and with positive results for the South.

Our staff in Juba is now busy again as the first class of 40 students gets started on their second semester of Nursing and Midwifery programs.  There is still much to be done to assure the College is…

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A polling station during the South Sudan self-determination referendum. Philip Dhil/EPA Guardian Article about the referendum

Below are the collection of headline we receive from our UN contacts on the ground in Juba, Sudan that show the preliminary results and reactions to the referendum held all last week.

UNMIS Morning Headlines – 19/01/11 (Please see also today’s MMR)

Referendum Monitor ·        United Nations Security Council members commend the conduct of the referendum (Al-Sahafa) ·        57% vote for separation in seven northern states (Al-Sahafa)…

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Sudan referendum news update

January 14, 2011 - South Sudan

Full slideshow here:

From the Atlanta Journal Constitution:

"Sudan’s ruling party is ready to accept southern independence if voters decide to divide the country as expected, a senior northern official said Friday."   Full article here:

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Sunday is the official day of voting for South Sudan to decide if it wants to split into it’s own independent country from North Sudan.


We will not “mourn” secession – President Al-Bashir (Dailies)

President Al-Bashir said during a visit to Juba yesterday that the North would not mourn if the South opts for secession but, he indicated, it would be sad to lose the region. AFP reported that Al-Bashir told southerners on a rare visit to Juba on Tuesday he would celebrate the result of Sunday’s referendum on southern independence, "even if you choose…

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Last 3 days to give!

December 29, 2010

If you were considering donating to a worthy cause in 2010 and taking advantage of the tax benefits of charitable donations, now is your last chance to contribute!

As we look towards new efforts and projects in 2011 it is only through your generous funding that we will be able to continue our long term development projects in some of the poorest areas on this planet.

As you know, we have set the goal of raising $100,000 by December 31st, and would greatly appreciate if you consider Real Medicine for your year-end donation.

In the spirit of Real Medicine…

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Sudan Referendum Watch: December 13th

December 13, 2010 - South Sudan

As the referendum approaches for Southern Sudan in January of next year to gain independence from Northern Sudan, our new Nursing & Midwifery College in Juba, awaits the results anxiously.  Our partner at the UNFPA in Sudan sends us these weekly media summaries as everyone prepares for the voting.


Referendum Watch

SSRC approves requests to monitor the referendum (Khartoum Monitor/SUNA) Registered voters to be announced next week (The Citizen) Sudan vote opponents spread confusion-poll chief (Reuters) UN panel welcomes conclusion of voter registration for referendum (UN News) Lawsuits to be filed before Constitutional Court on…
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Sudan Referendum Watch

December 09, 2010 - South Sudan

As the referendum approaches for Southern Sudan in January of next year to gain independence from Northern Sudan, our new Nursing & Midwifery College in Juba, awaits the results anxiously.  Our partner at the UNFPA in Sudan sends us these weekly media summaries as everyone prepares for the voting.


UN Referendum Watch December 7th, 2010

Presidency to hold an important meeting today (Dailies) Misseriya agree to one of Mbeki’s proposals on Abyei (Al-Sahafa) SAF, SPLA sign framework agreement to secure oil fields (Dailies) National companies excluded from referendum ballot printing (Al-Rai Al-Aam) British firm…
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Our partner’s in the Juba College of Nursing and Midwifery Initiative in Juba, Southern Sudan, has published this monthly journal regarding health and capacity building issues for Southern Sudan.

As Southern Sudan prepares for the referendum election in January, we are keeping close track of the situation on the ground and the safety of our teachers and students at the College. The students have all returned to their home towns to register for this historic vote, and are scheduled to return in mid to late January if all proceeds smoothly.

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Fascinating article link below on about the upcoming referendum in January on whether Southern Sudan is able to split off of Northern Sudan as it’s own independent country.

The future capital, Juba, is where our College of Nursing & Midwifery has begun as part of our Healthcare Capacity Building efforts in Africa.  Our school is on a temporary break right now as our students are allowed to return home to register and vote in this historic election.

Real Medicine Foundation, in collaboration with the Government of South Sudan,…

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Continuing in our series of “getting to know you” interviews using the Proust interview from Vanity Fair.  Here is a recent interview with Judith Apondi of Sudan, one of of the new teachers at the Juba College of Nursing and Midwifery in Sudan.


Judith Margaret Apondo Apondi

My idea of perfect happiness is when I have a balanced life, one with work, leisure and challenges.

What is your favorite activity outside of work?

My favorite activity outside work is travelling, dancing and sitting with friends.

Who are…

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Nursing & Midwifery College and the Southern Sudan

referendum update

November 09, 2010 - South Sudan

by Johnathan White

As the referendum gets closer for Southern Sudan in January of next year to gain independence from Northern Sudan, our new Nursing & Midwifery College in Juba, awaits the results anxiously. The College will be closed between November 15th and January 15th to allow students and staff to safely register to vote and return home to await the results of the election.

photo: The Nursing & Midwifery students with the staff of College and RMF project manager

Our partner in this initiative at the UNFPA in Sudan sends us these weekly media summaries as everyone prepares…

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Continuing in our series of "getting to know you" interviews using the Proust interview from Vanity Fair.  Here is a recent interview with John Omony Siblio of Sudan, one of our new Nursing Students at the Juba College of Nursing and Midwifery in Sudan.


John Omwony Silbio

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

My idea of perfect happiness is when I attained a Higher Education Certificate with a good job where I am highly paid which will assist me in getting all my basic needs> I would also like…

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As the referendum approaches for Southern Sudan in January of next year to gain independence from Northern Sudan, our new Nursing & Midwifery College in Juba, awaits the results anxiously.  Our partner at the UNFPA in Sudan sends us these weekly media summaries as everyone prepares for the voting.

Media Monitoring Report October 11th

United Nations Mission in Sudan/ Public Information Office

Referendum Monitor

UN Panel arrives in Sudan to monitor referendum (Al-Sahafa)

Government delegation rejects new proposal by Gration on Abyei (Al-Sahafa)

Assembly Speakers says Abyei referendum depends on…

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Please join us in welcoming Ms. Sophia Nyame, the new Project Manager for the Nursing and Midwifery College Project we are sponsoring in Southern Sudan. Sophia is a Registered Nurse/Midwife with 23 years of clinical experience and with a wealth of knowledge in Programme Management. She has worked as a Nursing Tutor, Clinical Nurse Supervisor and Hospital Matron in Ghana and as an International Midwife Trainer in Liberia.

Sophia has also been involved in Programmes in Ghana that are directed towards reduction in teenage pregnancy and HIV/AIDS transmission. She has a Diploma in Public Health, Diploma in…

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Program Director Bilha Achieng with the Principal and first class of students

The new Juba College of Nursing and Midwifery that Real Medicine supports and helps manage in South Sudan has finished with the foundation level courses for it’s first class of 40 students and getting ready to begin the diploma program next week.  In honor of this milestone, the Southern Sudan Medical Journal has published an article focused on the new College and it’s mission.  This is a unique project for Real Medicine as we are focused on building the actual capability of Sudanese to…

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Our project in South Sudan, the new Juba College of Nursing and Midwifery, continues to gain momentum and vital support, with Southern Sudan’s current Minister of Health, Dr. Luka Monoja, visiting the first student class at the temporary College campus in Juba.  The Juba College of Nursing and Midwifery is a new professional level 3 year college degree program supported by a consortium of stakeholders: Real Medicine Foundation, World Children’s Fund, UNFPA, UNDP, World Health Organization, Japan International Cooperation Agency, and the government of South Sudan.

Dr. Monoja was accompanied by the Undersecretary Dr. Olivia Lomoro and…

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When Jonathan White, RMF Director of International Relations, was planning his 2010 trip across Uganda, Sudan, and Nigeria to visit our programs, we asked him to help us meet the people that make up Real Medicine on the ground–our coordinators, our doctors, our patients.

In response, he created “The RMF Proust Questionnaire (like the ones in the back of a Vanity Fair magazine)” and returned with the first interview: Meet Charles Naku,  RMF Project Coordinator, Uganda.

Here, in the second interview, we meet Bilha Achieng, RMF Project Coordinator, South Sudan.

What is…

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Proud New Nursing & Midwifery Students and Principal

May 2010

After leaving Uganda, Jonathan heads to Southern Sudan to visit our Nursing & Midwifery College and to meet the new students who have recently begun classes on May 10th, 2010.

Southern Sudan hold ones of the the highest rates of infant and maternal mortality in the world. When Real Medicine landed in the new country to address this issue we realized that, more than anything, they needed trained staff to fill the facilities already in place throughout the country.

This is the first school…

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photo: Tim McKulka/AFP/Getty Images

“There is still a great need for programs that harness the local human resources available to provide real solutions that help Southern Sudan move towards independence from the North.”–M. Lear, RMF Sudan

Working with the Government of Southern Sudan, Real Medicine Foundation has helped to establish the first College of Nursing and Midwifery in Southern Sudan with the support from the World Children’s Fund, The UNFPA, The WHO, St. Mary’s Hospital, Isle of Wight, and the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Learn more about Real Medicine in Sudan

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Dear Friends, There is a strong drive to improve the book stock in the University of Juba Library.

The University, will in principle, support the proposed College of Nursing and Midwifery Education in Southern Sudan and as such materials to support Nurses and midwives will be welcome. A College of Nursing and midwifery to award Diplomas is in advanced stages of development.

the BOOKSFORSUDAN project in finally starting!

For those not familiar with it, we are sending a 40ft container of academic books to Juba University. The initiative is sustained by students on…

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Human death comes in many forms, but perhaps none more devastating and unfair than death in birth. Especially when the death could have been prevented.

According to Professor Lynn Freedman, from Columbia University’s School of Public Health, in developing countries there are five basic complications that cause the vast majority of maternal deaths: uncontrolled bleeding, infection, the consequences of unsafe abortions, prolonged and obstructed labor, and hypertensive diseases of pregnancy.

“The vast majority of deaths in high-mortality countries [are] from a handful of very clear direct causes,” she says concluding that since t*he…

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A 15 year old girl living in Southern Sudan has a greater chance of dying during childbirth than finishing school


One Solution:

Open a Nursing and Midwifery College and recruit students from all districts to participate and take their practice back home to save lives themselves.

The Directorate of Nursing, Midwifery and Human Resources (MOH GOSS) in collaboration with UNFPA and a consortium of Donors that includes Real Medicine Foundation of USA are happy to announce the recruitment of Nursing and midwifery students for the…

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Morning Chores

….Still looking for the words to describe the transition into Juba Southern Sudan from Bweyale, Uganda. At first all I could muster was a perplexed and dumb look and then after a day or two a moment of clarity struck me….”All Rides Are Open…” in this place.

I’m sure much has been said of the “Juba” experience and my musings will likely be redundant to some, if not most who have had one: especially those that have reported that it is hot, dusty, complex, chaotic, tiring, maddening at times and emotionally draining.…

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March 23, 2009

by Dr. Martina Fuchs

NYALA, Sudan — The sign outside the clinic in Otash camp reads “8-hour service daily.”

On Friday, Haider Ismael al-Amin lay in his mother’s arms, his 10-year-old body withered and weak from dehydration after a night of vomiting. But the door to the clinic was locked. After 30 minutes of waiting, his family gave up.

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Southern Sudan, March 16, 2009

March 16, 2009 - South Sudan

As we are preparing to establish our first project in Juba, Southern Sudan, in collaboration with the Juba Teaching Hospital, it looks like our support will be even more needed than anticipated:

JUBA, Southern Sudan – The expulsion or closure of 16 relief agencies in Darfur could trigger an exodus into Southern Sudan, aid officials warned.

The expulsions are expected to leave an estimated 1.1 million people, especially in Darfur, without food, 1.5 million without healthcare and more than a million without drinking water.

To read more about Real Medicine’s Southern Sudan project, please visit…

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