Primary Health Care Clinic Southern Sudan
February 1, 2009
In February we’ll be visiting Juba, capital of Southern Sudan to meet with the Ministry of Health and UN agencies to discuss the placement of a Primary Health Care clinic in the region. In addition we will be discussing support for a Nurses and Midwifery training program for the Juba Teaching Hospital.
Currently Southern Sudan has the highest infant and maternal mortality rates in the country and a physician to patient ration of 1:100000 in most areas. A quick glance at the statistics paints a challenging situation for the people of Southern Sudan. Juba Teaching Hospital has approximately 5 trained nurses and only 2 certified midwives.
Numbers at a Glance:
- 2 % of boys & less than 1 % of girls complete primary education
- 7 % of teachers have had formal training
- 82 % of girls currently do not attend school
- Infant mortality: 150 per 1,000 live births
- Under-5 mortality: 250 per 1,000 live births
- Maternal mortality: 2037 per 100,000 live births – 10 times that of Europe.
- 45% of children suffer from physical stunting resulting from malnutrition.
Reference – SavetheChildren.org
Real Medicine’s clinic will address the following Priority Health Care needs identified by the UN:
- Malaria Prevention Support
- Mosquito Net Distribution
- Access to Clean Water
- Maternal Care and Education
- HIV/AIDS education, prevention and treatment
Our clinic will also supply fresh drinking water and serve as a channel for UNICEF, The WFP and other international aid agencies to deliver their services to these destitute communities.
Our investment in nursing and midwifery education programs has the potential to increase the combined delivery capacity of their health care services in the immediate vicinity by over 900%, from 7 qualified personnel to over 60, and improve the qualified HC Practitioner to patient ratio to 1:17,000 from >1:100,000.