South Sudan: RMF UNICEF Integrated MNCH and PMTCT in Ayod and Pibor Counties
1,730 Curative Consultations Provided: Q4 2017
February 22, 2018
Dr. Taban Martin Vitale
Summary of Activities
- In collaboration with the Boma State Ministry of Health, RMF provided pharmaceuticals and consumables for Pibor PHCC (primary healthcare center).
- RMF’s team facilitated and participated in a national immunization campaign targeting children under 5 years of age in Pibor County.
- Procured and delivered an adequate amount of essential foodstuffs for RMF’s relocated staff (those recruited from Juba and deployed in Pibor), since basic commodities are not available in these areas.
- Facilitated the transportation of pharmaceuticals and consumables to Pibor PHCC through regular UNHAS flights.
- Facilitated in-country transportation of health staff from Pibor to Juba and back through regular UNHAS flights.
- Continued facilitation of our health team’s participation in all coordination activities/meetings at national and state levels.
- Provided an adequate communication allowance, which enhanced good coordination between Juba and the field site.
1,730 Curative Consultations
Meeting Many Health Needs
A total of 1,730 curative consultations were provided (1,213 patients under five and 517 above five years of age).
- 58 Pregnant women received ANC 4th visit
- 537 Pregnant women received iron and folate supplementation
- 67 Pregnant women received IPT 3+
- 537 Pregnant women dewormed
- 14 Deliveries in facility assisted by skilled birth attendant
- 127 Mothers attended postnatal clinic
- 1,091 Eligible children dewormed
- 1,153 Eligible children provided with vitamin A supplementation
EPI Cold Chain System
Effective Immunization Services
The EPI cold chain system, established by RMF in Pibor PHCC, continued to function and provide safe storage of vaccines to promote effective immunization services for children under five and women of childbearing age.
Quality Care Provided
Pibor PHCC, rehabilitated by RMF in the fourth quarter of 2016, was maintained and continued to provide quality maternal, neonatal, and child health services. In addition, 11 community outreach sessions were conducted in Pibor during the reporting quarter.
Real Medicine Foundation has been working in South Sudan since 2009, when we initiated and cofounded Juba College of Nursing and Midwifery (JCONAM), the first accredited college of its kind in South Sudan. Through our implementation and support of JCONAM, Juba Teaching Hospital, and a UNICEF (and WFP) malnutrition treatment and prevention program in Jonglei State, RMF has worked to preserve the health and dignity of South Sudanese, especially mothers and children, as the country struggles to rebuild after decades of civil war and the last conflict of mid-December 2013. In early July 2016, fighting broke out again in the capital city of Juba, and millions of South Sudanese became refugees or internally displaced persons, fleeing their homes in search of safety and food security.
In spite of the increasing violence, scarcity of food, and financial instability (as of August 2016, inflation reached 900%), RMF has maintained a strong presence in South Sudan, fighting as best we can to lower the maternal mortality rate (the highest in the world) and infant mortality rate. In September 2016, RMF began a new program, entering into a partnership agreement with UNICEF to rejuvenate the primary healthcare centers in Gorwai and Pibor in order to provide quality MNCH (maternal, neonatal, and child health) and PMTCT (prevention of mother to child transmission) services for the communities in need.
- Rehabilitate the healthcare facilities in Pibor and Gorwai to provide quality healthcare services
- Provide essential medical equipment, pharmaceuticals, and consumables
- Provide quality, integrated MNCH and PMTCT services in accordance with national MOH (Ministry of Health) and international standards
- Build the capacity of the County Health Departments (CHD) and their staff involved in provision of healthcare services