South Sudan: Juba College of Nursing and Midwifery
80 First-Year Students Joining in August: Q2 2017
August 25, 2017
Dr. Taban Martin Vitale
Summary of Activities
- Continued support of college human resources through payment of South Sudanese national tutors’ salaries.
- The two master trainers for the Health eVillages project continued to benefit from the tablets preloaded with medical materials.
- Supported the consultative process in developing policies/guidelines and strengthening the South Sudan Nurses and Midwives Association.
- Supported the recruitment of the 2017 intake (first-year nursing and midwifery students).
- Provided support to the National Ministry of Health, Republic of South Sudan and project partners in the coordination and implementation of project activities over the reporting period. Support and activities are in line with the approved JCONAM annual work plan.
- Continued facilitation of interlinkages with the UNFPA, MOH, IMC, and other stakeholders to guarantee quality assurance in the implementation of both nursing and midwifery curricula in the diploma program.
- Coordinated RMF activities with other organizations and UN agencies supporting the Juba College of Nursing and Midwifery (JCONAM) by participating in meetings and conferences.
- Facilitated the visit of RMF Founder and CEO Dr. Martina Fuchs to the country (South Sudan).
Enrollment and Graduation
40 nursing and 40 midwifery first-year students were selected and will join the college in August 2017.
30 nursing and 23 midwifery students successfully completed the three-year course in June 2017 and graduated on July 26, 2017. They will join the South Sudan health sector and have an impact within the healthcare system of the country.
Dr. Martina Fuchs
RMF Founder and CEO Visit
JCONAM was visited by RMF Founder and CEO Dr. Martina Fuchs during the reporting period. This further reaffirmed RMF’s commitment to supporting JCONAM and the people of South Sudan.
Health eVillages Preloaded Tablets
Education and Reference Tools
The two college tutors continued to supervise and mentor the nurses/midwives provided with Health eVillages preloaded tablets, which in turn has improved patient care in the facility, as healthcare professionals are able to do quick reference checks and provide health education using the devices.
Serving as a Model
The Ministry of Health, through the support of RMF and other stakeholders, is working to replicate JCONAM in other states. This will translate into continued growth in the number of nursing and midwifery diploma institutes in South Sudan and potentially new nursing/midwifery college partnerships for RMF.
Students Bridge Gaps
Improving Quality of Care
JCONAM students in clinical practice continued to provide healthcare services at Juba Teaching Hospital (JTH) and primary healthcare centers within the city of Juba, bridging gaps in human resources and improving quality of care.
Several years of experience derived from working with JCONAM and other partners has enabled RMF to develop a vision of increasing its level of support in South Sudan. By virtue of its registration and autonomy, RMF will seek to partner with organizations/agencies, and most importantly, government elements, in the areas of health systems strengthening and sustainable economic empowerment as witnessed in its projects in other countries.
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.
- 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.