South Sudan: Juba College of Nursing and Midwifery
Trauma Support Training Provided: Q2 2019
August 13, 2019
Odongo Bonny Oryem
Summary of Activities
- The two master trainers for the Health eVillages project continued to benefit from the tablets preloaded with medical materials.
- The 58 JCONAM third-year students were offered Respectful Health Care and Psychosocial Trauma Support training. The 2 experienced facilitators/trainers who facilitated the training were hired and paid by Real Medicine Foundation.
- Provided support to the National Ministry of Health, Republic of South Sudan and project partners in the coordination and implementation of project activities.
- 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.
- Continued support of college human resources through the payment of a South Sudanese national midwifery tutor’s salary so their services can continue.
- Continued to support the consultative process in developing policies/guidelines and strengthening the South Sudan Nurses and Midwives Association.
- RMF continued to supply basic medical supplies/medications for students.
- Provided additional training modules and equipment for the demonstration room and skills lab.
- RMF continued to work on mobilizing resources in an attempt to implement full college operations.
Additional Training Provided
58 3rd-Year Students Attend
The 58 JCONAM third-year students were offered Respectful Health Care and Psychosocial Trauma Support training, funded by RMF, to equip them with extra skills and knowledge in better health care services. Handouts for the training were provided to the trainers for future reference and further revision.
1 junior JCONAM nursing tutor and 1 UN volunteer midwife received training on how to facilitate the Respectful Health Care and Psychosocial Trauma Support training for the following year, 2020.
Partnering with Juba Teaching Hospital
8 Midwives Serve Maternity Unit
RMF continued to provide top-up allowances for 8 midwives who serve the Maternity unit of Juba Teaching Hospital and mentor students from JCONAM. These students in clinical practice continued to provide services at Juba Teaching Hospital (JTH) and primary healthcare centers, bridging the gaps in human resources and improving the quality of care.
The midwife kits provided to JTH 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.
Improving the Quality of Service Delivery
The two college tutors who were provided with Health eVillages preloaded tablets continued to do quick reference checks during lectures and clinical work, hence improving the quality of service delivery.
These 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.
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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