Healthcare Sector Capacity Building - College of Nursing and Midwifery, South Sudan
South Sudan’s maternal mortality remains the fifth highest in the world, at 2,500 deaths per 100,000 (WHO 2010 Country Report). High levels of maternal mortality are linked to poor access to quality reproductive health services, including family planning. Fewer than 20 certified midwives and even fewer registered nurses exist in all of South Sudan.
Real Medicine Foundation, in collaboration with the Government of South Sudan, the UNFPA, the WHO, St. Mary’s Hospital, Isle of Wight, and the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and in partnership with and with financial support from World Children’s Fund, is establishing the first College of Nursing and Midwifery. The consortium aims to provide a scalable working model for this college that will offer a 3 year diploma for Registered Nursing and Midwifery and may be extended to other strategic locations within the country.