South Sudan: Juba College of Nursing and Midwifery
Juba College of Nursing and Midwifery: Q4 2015
April 13, 2016
Summary of Activities
In addition to hosting RMF founder and CEO, Dr. Martina Fuchs, The Juba College of Nursing and Midwifery graduated new midwives and nurses, delivered tablets to tutors to aid in lectures and clinical work, and continued their program organization and training of students in both class and clinical areas.
Increasing in Number
In November of 2015, twenty-three nursing students and fifteen midwives graduated from the three year course. The second and third batches consisting of forty-six nurses and thirty-seven midwives followed their graduation in December of 2015.
Welcomed a Guest
Hosted Dr. Martina Fuchs
The Juba College of Nursing and Midwifery was proud to facilitate the arrival of RMF founder and CEO, Dr. Martina Fuchs to South Sudan. Her visit added confidence to the in-country team and fostered the relationship between RMF, our partners, and the UN agencies.
The college tutors were provided with pre-loaded tablets that are able to do quick reference checks during lectures and also in clinical work, enabling them to improve the quality of services they offer. These tablets have also aided in improved ability to perform medical checks and provide health education to patients.
During this reporting quarter, the Juba College of Nursing and Midwifery had a total of 45 nursing students and 36 midwifery students enrolled and present in college and working throughout their first or second year of schooling.
Adoption of Curriculum
The Diploma in Nursing/Midwifery Curriculum has been approved by the Ministry of Health (MOH) and is being used as a model document alongside the college structures to be replicated in other states. The MOH through the support of RMF and other organizations is working to replicate this program, which will translate into expanded growth in the number of potential nurses and midwives.
Help for the Future
Through the support of the consortium of partners, there are currently 81 students being fully sponsored for the three-year education program. This includes the provision of school uniforms, books, stationary, tutors, and monthly allowance.
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.
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As they facilitate the 10-20 deliveries each day, our nursing and midwifery students also gave treatment and support to patients in the:
- Medical Ward
- Surgical Ward
- Pediatric Ward
- Maternal-Child Health/Family Planning area
They also were supervised in the overseeing and treatment of the:
- Antenatal Clinic
- Antenatal Ward
- Postnatal Ward
- Gynecology Ward
They also addressed various health problems, including maternal and infant mortality, malaria, respiratory tract infections, intestinal worms, sexually transmitted diseases, trauma and domestic violence, malnutrition, polio, enteric fever, and tuberculosis.