The overall goal of this project is to reduce maternal, neonatal, and child morbidity and mortality through strengthening the healthcare system to provide quality maternal, neonatal, and child health services in the assigned counties.
The visit of RMF Founder and CEO Dr. Martina Fuchs to the country (South Sudan) was facilitated; in addition to our operations in Juba, she visited RMF field operations in Jiech and Gorwai, inspiring our teams.
An adequate amount of essential foodstuffs for RMF’s relocated staff (those recruited from Juba and deployed in Gorwai and Pibor) was procured and delivered, since basic commodities are not available in these areas.
Real Medicine Foundation has been working in South Sudan since 2009, when we initiated and cofounded Juba College of Nursing and Midwifery (JCONAM), the first accredited college of its kind in South Sudan. Through our implementation and support of JCONAM, Juba Teaching Hospital, and a UNICEF (and WFP) malnutrition treatment and prevention program in Jonglei State, RMF has worked to preserve the health and dignity of South Sudanese, especially mothers and children, as the country struggles to rebuild after decades of civil war and the last conflict of mid-December 2013. In early July 2016, fighting broke out again in the capital city of Juba, and millions of South Sudanese became refugees or internally displaced persons, fleeing their homes in search of safety and food security.
In spite of the increasing violence, scarcity of food, and financial instability (as of August 2016, inflation reached 900%), RMF has maintained a strong presence in South Sudan, fighting as best we can to lower the maternal mortality rate (the highest in the world) and infant mortality rate. In September 2016, RMF began a new program, entering into a partnership agreement with UNICEF to rejuvenate the primary healthcare centers in Gorwai and Pibor in order to provide quality MNCH (maternal, neonatal, and child health) and PMTCT (prevention of mother to child transmission) services for the communities in need.
The MNCH and PMTCT program directly targets the estimated population of Gorwai, 38,817, and that of Pibor, 60,400, projected from the 2008 South Sudan Population and Housing Census.