Real Medicine Supports Capacity Building in Southern Sudan’s Health Care Sector
March 31, 2009
Michael Lear, Director International Relations, Country Director, Sudan
The recent mass exodus of aid groups in Northern Sudan at the demand of President Bashir has left tensions high in the region regarding NGO intent and purpose. While not directly influencing activity in Southern Sudan, these events have presented a new challenge to align with the Southern Sudanese government on a shared vision for the benefit of the people of Southern Sudan.
After a thorough needs assessment of the primary health care sector of Juba, Southern Sudan, Real Medicine Foundation joined with St. Mary’s Hospital, Isle of Wight, UK and the Government of Southern Sudan, to initiate a Nursing an Midwifery Training Program at The Juba Teaching Hospital. All parties agree that capacity building is highest leveraged investment in the primary health care sector for Central Equatoria State, if not all of Southern Sudan. The Juba Teaching Hospital Nursing program can simultaneously train nurses for the most densely populated surrounding states and become the flagship training program at the center of Health Care Development in Southern Sudan.
We are excited to participate in this empowering program for the people of Southern Sudan, as they move towards independence from the North in 2011. Below please find my trip notes highlighting the findings of the assessment.