South Sudan: Juba Teaching Hospital Support
New Technology Improves Performance: Q3 2015
September 30, 2015
Dr. Taban Martin Vitale
Summary of Activities
Renovations on the Accident and Emergency Deparment of the Juba Teaching Hospital housed burn victims who were treated after being evacuated from Maridi.
JTH and UNICEF
In collaboration with JTH and UNICEF 45 beds/mattresses were donated for the Accident and Emergency Department.
Two blocks of the Accident and Emergency Deparment were renovated by RMF along with the remodeling of the Antenatal Unit. 80% of the renovations are complete.
Medicines and Consumables
Burn Victims Cared For
Medicines and consumables were procured and delivered which saved the lives of burn victims evacuated from Maridi.
Reduced Health Risks
Patients, visitors and healthcare professionals feel much more comfortable in the A&E Department thanks to the reduced risk of nosocomial infection.
Important Documents Protected
A office safe was procured and delivered for Juba office for keeping vital documents and some cash.
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.
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The Benefits of Having Tablets
Thanks to Health eVillages the doctors, nurses, and midwives were given tablets to help them better serve their patients. The healthcare professionals provided with the HeV tablets are now able to provide evidence based healthcare services for the patients through usage of the devices as a guide.
This new technology allows the doctors to better explain a illness to a patient and how they can prevent it. The trained Master Trainers are able to train more people on the application of the Health eVillages devices which is more sustainable than hiring consultants to disseminate the information to more healthcare workers.
As a result of a petrol fuel tanker explosion, there were many burn victims evacuated from Maridi and brought to Juba where their living threatening wounds could be treated. Medicines delivered during this critical moment saved the lives of many victims.
The hospital was running low on medicine at the time and the victims would not have been able to afford the medicine needed to heal their wounds by themselves. The total worth of the medicine procured by RMF was around $3,000.