South Sudan: Juba Teaching Hospital Support
RMF Provides New Office Space: Q4 2018
March 10, 2019
Odongo Bonny Oryem
Summary of Activities
- Continued to boost hospital operations through in-kind donations. During the previous quarter, RMF received midwife kits to support JTH and other health facilities within South Sudan. This was made possible through our partnership with Direct Relief.
- Maintained a high-power generator (purchased and installed earlier this year) for RMF’s office on the premises of Juba Teaching Hospital (JTH), which can provide support to JTH, especially the main Operating Theatre when needed.
- Continued to provide a top-up allowance for one public health officer to support RMF in JTH activities.
- Continued to support the hospital’s human resource capacity by paying top-up allowances for eight midwives.
- 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.
- Continued to support a midwifery tutor to serve the whole Maternity unit and mentor students from JCONAM. This has positively changed maternal outcomes at Juba Teaching Hospital.
The UNV midwives in the Maternity ward became master trainers after receiving three days of training on Respectful Health Care (RHC) and Psychological First Aid in the fourth quarter of 2017. They are continuing to implement the concepts of RHC/Psychological First Aid and mentoring JCONAM students during their clinical placement.
New Office Space
Supporting Pharmaceutical Dept.
The Pharmaceutical department of Juba Teaching Hospital now has an office space, following the installation of a prefabricated unit by RMF. The recently installed high-power generator continues to serve both RMF’s office and the hospital’s Pharmaceutical department. The JTH Pharmacist (pictured) is grateful to have a repaired air conditioner, made possible with RMF support.
Continued Use of Midwife Kits
Improved Maternity Care
During the previous quarter, RMF received midwife kits to support JTH and other health facilities within South Sudan. The midwife kits provided to Juba Teaching Hospital and other health facilities improved the availability of essential equipment and helped to improve safe maternity care.
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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Community Members and Students
- Approximately 500,000 people living in Juba and surrounding communities
- Students from JCONAM, Juba Nursing School, Juba Health Science Training Institute, the Central Equatoria School of Nursing/Midwifery, and Juba University College of Medicine do their clinical practice in Juba Teaching Hospital