South Sudan: Juba College of Nursing and Midwifery
Juba College of Nursing & Midwifery Q2 2014 Report
September 29, 2014
Dr. Taban Martin Vitale and Okang Wilson Ezekiel
Summary of Activities
Implemented activities in line with RMF sponsored activities and project objectives include:
1. 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. Also in line with the approved College annual work plan.
2. Continued facilitation of inter-linkages with UNFPA, MOH, IMC and other stakeholders in ensuring quality assurance in the implementation of both nursing and midwifery curricula in the diploma program.
3. Coordination of RMF activities with other organizations and UN agencies supporting the Juba College of Nursing and Midwifery by participating in meetings and conferences.
4. Sponsorship of first, second and third year nursing and midwifery students at the Juba College of Nursing and Midwifery through provision of uniforms, skills laboratory equipment, clinical training equipment, books, stationery and Information Technology (IT) equipment.
JTH and JCONAM Admin Relationship Improving
Students Receive Support and Mentorship from Both
The college students are now getting support and mentorship from JTH staff and college tutors while in clinical practice following the formation of a joint JCONAM-JTH committee which enhances the relationship between JCONAM and the JTH administration.
Respectful Maternity Care
3rd Year Students Teaching Others
The third year midwifery students trained on Respectful Maternity Care (RMC) in 2013 continued to practice and disseminate the basic concepts of RMC to other students and maternity staff hence improving patient outcome positively.
College Tutors Pre-test RMC Checklist
Anticipate Training New Students
The Respectful Maternity Care Master Trainers (college tutors) have pre-tested the RMC checklist in the maternity wards targeting the trained JCONAM midwifery students.
2nd National Tutor Identified
Will Begin 3rd Quarter
A second RMF supported national tutor has been identified and will begin work at the beginning of the third quarter 2014.
Computer Accessories Provided
Classroom Teaching Improved
The provision of computer accessories has enabled the tutors using the new versions of laptops to connect to LCD projectors during classroom lectures without difficulty.
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.