South Sudan

Classes set to begin May 10th! Juba College of Nursing and Midwifery, Southern Sudan

April 7, 2010

Jonathan White

With the national elections for Southern Sudan just around the corner on April 11th, the Juba College of Nursing and Midwifery initiative has continued to move forward through the incredible efforts of RMF’s Sudan Country Director Michael Lear and our in country Program Director Bilha Achieng. We are hoping, that regardless of the election results, the government of Southern Sudan will continue to be a supportive and essential partner. Bilha has been diligently coordinating the efforts of the whole consortium with the end goal of officially opening the Juba College of Nursing and Midwifery for student orientation on May 10th.


Left: Bilha Achieng, Dr. Alexander Dimiti and Ripen, Head of the Nursing Program Right: Dr. Alexander Dimiti, Bilha Achieng and Dr. Merghani Abdalla


We are planning on welcoming approximately 40 students pre-selected to start foundation level courses in temporary classrooms set up using the Public Health Institute facilities. As of now, these facilities will likely be used for the first 7 months of nursing program while the renovation of the Nursing School structures is completed by our partners, the JICA organization. Over the next month the temporary facilities will be prepared for the incoming class as the location is currently in need of electric and water supply upgrades.

The foundation courses are based on the outline of the Registered Nursing Curriculum and are expected to last between 3 to 4 months and are being taught by 2 to 3 Juba University temporary tutors. The first objective of the foundation level tutors is to administer a proficiency test to the 40 students to determine capabilities, strengths and weaknesses in the foundation course subjects of Mathematics, English and Biology.

The curriculum for the Midwifery diploma is currently being approved and finalized by Mrs. Jemima Araba, the regional head for Anglophone Africa of the International Confederation of Midwives. The curriculum for the Nursing diploma has already been approved and finalized. Permanent tutors for the full diploma program will be recruited during June and July and will be working in conjunction with visiting voluntary tutors from project partner St. Mary’s Hospital, Isle of Wight. The official full diploma program is aiming to commence in August-September providing the foundation course is completed to satisfactory levels, the faculty tutors have been selected and final curriculum is officially approved.

Finally, we are putting the finishing touches to the agreement between the UNFPA and RMF over the next couple of weeks. We are very excited at the prospect welcoming the first incoming class of future Nurses and Midwives at the Juba School of Nursing and Midwifery on May 10th, and are doing everything we can to ensure a successful inauguration.


Bilha Achieng and the NMW Team


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