South Sudan: Juba Teaching Hospital Support
Purchasing New Materials to Enhance Care: Q1 2018
June 07, 2018
Odongo Bonny Oryem
Summary of Activities
- Purchased and installed a high-power generator for RMF’s office on the premises of Juba Teaching Hospital (JTH), which can provide support to JTH when needed.
- Donated one electric blood suction machine to support the hospital’s main operating theatre during operations.
- Provided a top-up allowance for one public health officer to support RMF in JTH activities.
- Funded the installation of a prefabricated office space for the Juba Teaching Hospital (JTH) Pharmaceutical unit, following a request placed by JTH administration after the displacement of the unit due to ongoing construction within the hospital.
- Continued to support the hospital’s human resources by paying the monthly salary of a highly experienced, registered midwife who is heading the Maternity department of Juba Teaching Hospital (JTH).
- Continued to support the hospital’s human resource capacity by providing one RMF registered nurse, now serving in the Gynecology department.
- Facilitated cleaning of the hospital premises and continued to support RMF cleaners attached to the Surgical Emergency unit to supplement the few cleaners maintained by the Ministry of Health (MOH), including procurement of adequate cleaning materials.
- Continued monitoring and mentorship of trained healthcare professionals on the usage of Health eVillages tablets.
- Facilitated and coordinated weekly meetings with the MOH, Health Link, HPF, UN agencies, and partners on how to improve services at JTH.
- Continued to support high-speed Wi-Fi internet services at RMF’s office on the premises of Juba Teaching Hospital.
New Maternity Ward
In collaboration with the Chinese government, there is ongoing construction of a new, modern Maternity unit at Juba Teaching Hospital (JTH).
New Generator Installed
Providing Power to Hospital
A high-power generator has been installed and is currently serving both RMF’s office and the hospital’s Pharmaceutical department.
RMF Supports Midwife
Providing Jobs for Locals
RMF supported a registered midwife who continued to serve the whole Maternity unit and mentor students from JCONAM. This has positively changed maternal outcomes at Juba Teaching Hospital.
Mastering RHC & Psychological First Aid
3-Day Training for Midwives
The UNV midwives in the Maternity ward have become master trainers after receiving three days of training on Respectful Health Care (RHC) and Psychological First Aid in the previous quarter. They are implementing the concepts of RHC/Psychological First Aid and mentoring JCONAM students during their clinical placement.
Upgrades to A&E Department
Maintaining Structure & Services
One block of the Accident and Emergency (A&E) department upgraded by RMF continued to house the Dental department, Outpatient department, and Radiology unit of the hospital, allowing these services to be provided in a well-maintained structure with effective infection control measures.
Health eVillages Enhancing Care
Information Readily Available
The two Health eVillages (HeV) master trainers, along with Juba Teaching Hospital’s nurses, midwives, and doctors, continued to benefit from the HeV tablets. JTH staff is now able to do quick reference checks, hence improving the quality of care and general services they provide and ensuring evidence based medical services guided by the information preloaded in the tablets.
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.