South Sudan: Juba Teaching Hospital Support
Dr. Martina Fuchs Visits Juba Teaching Hospital: Q2 2017
August 01, 2017
Dr. Taban Martin Vitale
Summary of Activities
- Supported a registered midwife working in the Maternity department of Juba Teaching Hospital (JTH) through payment of her monthly salary.
- Supported the hospital’s human resource capacity by providing one RMF registered nurse, now serving in the Gynecology department.
- Continued to support RMF cleaners attached to the Surgical Emergency unit to supplement the few cleaners maintained by the Ministry of Health (MOH).
- Procured and provided adequate cleaning materials for the Surgical Emergency unit to keep the wards clean.
- Facilitated cleaning of the hospital premises.
- Planned to continue supporting the high-speed Wi-Fi internet service at RMF’s office and the Maternity ward.
- Continued monitoring and mentorship of trained healthcare professionals on the usage of Health eVillages tablets.
- Facilitated and coordinated meetings with the MOH, Health Link, UN agencies, and partners on how to improve services at JTH.
Dr. Martina Fuchs
A Visit from RMF Founder/CEO
RMF Founder and CEO Dr. Martina Fuchs visited RMF South Sudan’s project sites, including Juba Teaching Hospital (JTH), during the reporting quarter. This further reaffirmed RMF’s commitment in supporting JTH and the people of South Sudan.
Improved Patient Care
The supply of pharmaceuticals for Juba Teaching Hospital (thanks to DRI’s support) has supplemented gaps, improving patient care and lifting the burden from patients who had to purchase some prescribed treatments from private clinics.
Strengthened Financial Operations
Purchase of New Lap Top
RMF South Sudan’s financial system was strengthened with the help of a procured laptop for the RMF finance officer to aid in operations at the management level.
Quality Antenatal Care
Reduced Wait Times
Waiting times in the Antenatal Care Unit (ACU) have been reduced, since there are now three well-furnished examination rooms compared to only one before the renovation. This has a very positive effect, as women are receiving quality services and encouraging their communities to visit JTH.
Providing Psycho-Trauma Support
The trained healthcare professionals at JTH continued to practice the concepts of psycho-trauma support, enabling them to identify and manage traumatized patients.
Maternal Near-Miss Audit
Completed Qualitative Report
Staff coordinated and contracted an expatriate from Kajo Keji Health Training Institute to analyze and produce the report for the qualitative part of the Maternal Near-Miss Audit report conducted at Juba Teaching Hospital (JTH). The final report is expected to be published next quarter (the third quarter of 2017).
Juba Teaching Hospital, the only referral hospital in the whole country of South Sudan, is located in its capital Juba, Central Equatoria State. With an estimated population of 10.16 million basing on annual population growth of 3% from a population census conducted in 2008 and lack of proper functioning primary health care facilities upcountry, many South Sudanese have nowhere to go to but this national referral hospital. Military and police hospitals, if any, are non-functional country wide, forcing soldiers and officers to share the limited facilities with civilians.
Juba Teaching Hospital is directly funded by the central government through the National Ministry of Health, and supported by Real Medicine Foundation, Medical Mission International, UN agencies and other NGOs. Our overarching goal is to improve the quality and sustainability of medical and surgical services provided at Juba Teaching Hospital.
- Improve patient wards and build infrastructure within Juba Teaching Hospital starting with the Pediatric wards.
- Assist in improving conditions for providing health care at Juba Teaching Hospital, including the policies and management of regular and medical waste.
- Rehabilitate and/or purchase new medical equipment.
- Provide basic medical supplies, disposables and pharmaceuticals for the Pediatric Department, complementing those provided by the Ministry of Health.
- Organize on-site clinical training, beginning with general equipment usage.