South Sudan: Juba College of Nursing and Midwifery
CEO Dr. Martina Fuchs Encourages Team: Q3 2018
December 15, 2018
Odongo Bonny Oryem
Summary of Activities
- RMF provided midwife kits to support Juba Teaching Hospital and other health facilities within South Sudan. This was made possible through our partnership with Direct Relief. JCONAM students benefit from this equipment during clinical practice at the facilities.
- Continued RMF support of basic medical supplies and medications for students.
- The two college tutors continued to supervise and mentor the nurses/midwives provided with Health eVillages preloaded tablets, which in turn has improved patient care in the facility, as healthcare professionals are able to do quick reference checks and provide health education using the devices.
- Continued to support the consultative process in developing policies/guidelines and strengthening the South Sudan Nurses and Midwives Association.
- The college continued to house students from Kajo Keji Health Training Institute due to relocation of the students and teaching staff to Juba because of insecurity in the area. Provided 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. Support and activities are in line with the approved JCONAM annual work plan.
- Continued facilitation of interlinkages with UNFPA, MOH, IMC, and other stakeholders to guarantee quality assurance in the implementation of both nursing and midwifery curricula in the diploma program.
- Coordinated RMF activities with other organizations and UN agencies supporting the Juba College of Nursing and Midwifery (JCONAM) by participating in meetings and conferences.
Working and Mentoring Students
RMF paid top-up allowances for eight midwives working in the Maternity department of Juba Teaching Hospital (JTH) and mentoring students from JCONAM during their clinical practice at the hospital.
Dr. Martina Fuchs Visits
Encouraging Team Members
In September, RMF Founder and CEO Dr. Martina Fuchs visited South Sudan to guide the team, tour project locations, and encourage team members in their work. At JCONAM, she spoke with administrators, teachers, tutors, and students.
New National Tutor
Supporting college students
Continued support of college human resources through payment of a South Sudanese national tutor’s salary. In addition to the role of lecturing and mentoring students in clinical studies, the new national tutor provided by RMF supported JCONAM’s administration in management of the college.
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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Midwife Kits Provided and Distributed
Improving Safe Maternity Care
During this reporting period, RMF provided midwife kits to support Juba Teaching Hospital and other health facilities within South Sudan. This was made possible through our partnership with Direct Relief. JCONAM students benefit from this equipment during clinical practice at the facilities.
The midwife kits provided to Juba Teaching Hospital and other health facilities improved the availability of essential equipment, helping to improve safe maternity care, as well as JCONAM students’ experience in clinical practice.