South Sudan: Juba College of Nursing and Midwifery

58 students receive Respectful Health Care and Psychosocial Trauma Support training

November 27, 2019

Odongo Bonny Oryem


Implemented activities in line with RMF sponsored activities and project objectives include:

  • The 58 JCONAM third-year students were offered Respectful Health Care and Psychosocial Trauma Support training, funded by RMF, to equip them with extra skills and knowledge in better health care services.
  • The 2 experienced facilitators/trainers who facilitated the training were hired and paid by Real Medicine Foundation.
  • During the training, the 58 JCONAM finalists, 2 facilitators, and others were provided with breakfast and lunch, funded by RMF.
  • Handouts for the Respectful Health Care and Psychosocial Trauma Support training were printed, laminated, and provided to participants.
  • 1 junior JCONAM nursing tutor and 1 UN volunteer midwife received training on how to facilitate the Respectful Health Care and Psychosocial Trauma Support training for the following year, 2020.

As a result of RMF-funded training the program as a whole offered to students at JCONAM, the Diploma in Nursing and Midwifery curriculum approved by the Ministry of Health (MOH) is being used as a model document alongside JCONAM structures for replication in other states. JCONAM students in clinical practice continued to provide healthcare services in Juba Teaching Hospital and primary healthcare centers within the city of Juba, bridging the gaps in human resources and improving quality of care.


  • 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 healthcare sector capacity building for South Sudan.
  • Provide a sustainable solution to South Sudan’s maternal mortality rate and infant mortality rate, both among the highest in the world.

South Sudan’s maternal mortality rate remains one of the highest in the world – 789 women per 100,000 live births. This means that 1 in 50 women will die from pregnancy-related causes, as compared to 1 in 4,900 in developed countries. Currently in South Sudan, only about 19% of deliveries take place at a health facility, and despite improvements, there is still a critical shortage of midwives throughout the country. Real Medicine Foundation initiated and co-founded South Sudan’s first-ever accredited college of nursing and midwifery with St. Mary’s Hospital Juba Link, Isle of Wight, and the college was established in collaboration with the Ministry of Health of South Sudan, UNFPA, UNICEF, UNDP, WHO, CIDA, and the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and in partnership with and with financial support from World Children’s Fund.