South Sudan: Juba Teaching Hospital Support
Maternity Ward Taking Shape: Q2 2018
September 01, 2018
Odongo Bonny Oryem
Summary of Activities
- Maintained 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 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.
- Established an efficient, prefabricated office space for the JTH store and pharmaceutical officer next to RMF’s office on the hospital premises.
- 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 paying the monthly salary of an RMF registered nurse 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.
Students Taking Care
Training and Experience
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.
Maternity Ward Construction
In collaboration with the Chinese government, there is ongoing construction of a new Maternity unit at Juba Teaching Hospital (JTH).
Providing Respectful Care
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 fourth quarter of 2017. They are implementing the concepts of RHC/Psychological First Aid and mentoring JCONAM students during their clinical placement.
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.