South Sudan: Juba College of Nursing and Midwifery
Respectful Health Care and Psycho-Trauma Support Workshop: November 15-17 2016
November 17, 2016
Siama Abdalla and Dr. Taban Martin Vitale
Summary of Activities
In addition to providing a 3-year diploma and hands-on training at the only national referral hospital in South Sudan, Juba Teaching Hospital, RMF-supported Juba College of Nursing and Midwifery (JCONAM) requires students to attend workshops on Respectful Health Care and Psycho-Trauma Support. The most recent workshop was conducted November 15th to November 17th, 2016. The workshop’s 3 main facilitators were:
- Siama Abdalla Lado – RMF Midwifery Tutor
- Jemelia Sake – National College Tutor
- Judith Draleru – UN Midwife Volunteer
Because of the large number of students, the 3 workshop facilitators and RMF South Sudan’s Team Leader Dr. Taban Martin agreed that students be divided into 2 groups to ensure full engagement and participation.
Three Days of Seminars
- Date: November 15, 2016
- Topic: Respectful Health Care
- Participants: 22 third-year JCONAM midwifery students
- Date: November 16, 2016
- Topic: Respectful Health Care
- Participants: 29 third-year JCONAM nursing students
- Date: November 17, 2016
- Topic: Psycho-Trauma Support
- Participants: 50 third-year JCONAM nursing and midwifery students
The Respectful Health Care training received by 51 of JCONAM’s third-year students (29 nursing students and 22 midwifery students) has positively impacted their working relationship with Juba Teaching Hospital’s healthcare professionals, leading to overall patient satisfaction.
The Psycho-Trauma Support training received by 50 of JCONAM’s third-year students has equipped them to identify and provide psycho-social support to patients during their clinical rotations in Juba Teaching Hospital and primary healthcare centers in the city of Juba.
Students expressed their gratitude for a certificate of attendance.This workshop also emphasizes concepts already taught in ethics, code of conduct, and professionalism classes, which are being fully integrated into JCONAM’s curriculum. The feedback received from students showed that the training was important to them. Students acknowledge their appreciation for RMF, Dr. Taban Martin, the 3 workshop facilitators, and RMF Logistic Coordinator Brown Bismarck. We will continue to implement this training in each of the three years of students’ training at JCONAM.
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.