South Sudan: Juba Teaching Hospital Support
Psycho-trauma Support Training Empowers Healthcare Professionals: Q4 2015
December 31, 2015
Dr. Taban Martin Vitale
Summary of Activities
• Completed the improvement/refurbishment of the Antenatal Care Unit at JTH.
• Procured and delivered furniture for Antenatal Care Unit.
• Conducted Psycho Trauma Support training for Juba Teaching Hospital healthcare providers.
• Conducted Psycho Trauma Support training for primary and secondary school teachers from various schools within Juba County.
• Continued to analyze the Maternal Near-Miss quantitative and qualitative data with support from RMF headquarters and RMF team in Nepal.
• Continued monitoring and mentorship of the trained healthcare professionals on the usage of the Health eVillages tablets.
• In collaboration with Juba College of Nursing and Midwifery (JCONAM), facilitated the electric wiring from the JCONAM students’ hostel to the RMF office as a backup source of electricity since the electricity from the main hospital generator is not reliable.
• Procured and provided adequate cleaning materials to Pediatric department to keep the wards clean.
• Continued support of high speed WIFI internet services for RMF office and Maternity Unit.
• Facilitated the coming of RMF Founder and CEO Dr. Martina C. Fuchs to South Sudan.
Psycho-trauma Support Training for Healthcare Professionals
Comprehensive Healthcare Services Delivered
27 Juba Teaching Hospital healthcare professionals received training on psycho trauma support and are now delivering comprehensive healthcare services to the population in need.
Psycho-trauma Support Training for Teachers
Children and Young Adults Supported
18 primary and secondary school teachers from various schools within Juba received adequate training on psycho trauma support, 6 out of the 18 teachers received additional training as master trainers aiming at training more teachers.
Antenatal Care Unit Refurbishment Complete
Successfully completed improvement/refurbishment of the Antenatal Care Unit of Juba Teaching Hospital; procured and delivered furniture to the now well refurbished unit.
JTH Continues to Benefit from HeV Tablets
Quick Reference Improves Quality of Care
The two HeV master trainers together with the nurses, midwives and doctors at JTH continued to benefit from the HeV tablets; they are able to do quick reference checks hence improving the quality of care and general medical services provided by them.
Founder and CEO Dr. Martina Fuchs
Visit Brings Confidence
The visiting of RMF Founder and CEO Dr. Martina C. Fuchs added confidence to the in country team and fostered our relationship with our partners and UN agencies.
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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Improvement in Patient Care
There is general improvement in patient care and data collection in the Maternity Department following the completion of data collection for the Maternal Near-Miss Audit; the analysis of the quantitative and qualitative data is in its final phase and a final report will be produced in the first half of the next quarter which will guide our intervention strategy in improving maternal healthcare in JTH and other states in South Sudan.
There is also general improvement in patient care in all departments at JTH following the training on psycho trauma support as most of the healthcare professionals are able to provide comprehensive healthcare services including identification and management of traumatized patients.