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 various other government officials. He indicated the importance and deep need for this level of trained Nurses and Midwives in Southern Sudan, and also stressed the how this particular institution is not only important to his heart but also to the Ministry of Health for the sustainable capacity building of professional health care providers.

He also mentioned that the need for skilled birth attendants through the training of midwives at the College is geared specifically toward reducing Sudan’s very high maternal mortality rates. Though the establishment of the college was long overdue he was glad that Southern Sudan can boast of having one now.

Some of the other things mentioned during Dr. Monoja’s visit were his deepest appreciation to the funding partners for their contribution towards the project and the financial needs of the students, and the continued partnership to ensure the future sustainability of the College.

The Minister encouraged the partners that although the institutions was still facing several financial challenges, there was a enormous need to push forward to ensure South Sudan’s future health.

For more information about this project please visit: http://www.realmedicinefoundation.org/our-work/countries/south-sudan/initiatives/college-of-nursing-and-midwifery/

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