Since tensions started in South Sudan in mid-December 2013, more than 400,000 people are said to have fled their homes, thousands have been wounded and killed.
Because of the amount and weight of the consignment, we decided to transport via road. A South Sudanese friend of RMF’s team, a lab technician who works for JTH and is the Managing Director of Medicare Company, a firm experienced in transporting laboratory equipment, pharmaceuticals and medical goods, offered to transport the cargo from Kampala to Juba.
January 10, 2014 – Arrival at Juba Teaching Hospital – Unloading the supplies and preparing for distribution
On the morning of January 11, RMF’s team met with the JTH DG and JTH department heads and staff and MOH representatives, to go through all boxes and supplies and organize distribution together. Everyone was joyful and excited. Distribution started immediately for the laboratory and radiology departments. Items were also given out right away for specific departments’ emergency and crisis needs. Dr Gismalla, who had joined RMF’s team in Nimule, continued to be an intricate part of the distribution.
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.