South Sudan: Juba Teaching Hospital Support
New Space for Dental Unit: Q3 2017
December 01, 2017
Dr. Taban Martin Vitale
Summary of Activities
- Continued to support the hospital’s human resources by paying the monthly salary of a highly experienced, registered midwife who is heading the Maternity department of Juba Teaching Hospital (JTH).
- Supported the hospital’s human resource capacity by providing one RMF registered nurse, now serving in the Gynecology department.
- Continued to support RMF cleaners attached to the Surgical Emergency unit to supplement the few cleaners maintained by the Ministry of Health (MOH).
- Procured and delivered adequate cleaning materials for the Surgical Emergency unit to keep the wards clean.
- Facilitated cleaning of the hospital premises.
- Continued monitoring and mentorship of trained healthcare professionals on the usage of Health eVillages tablets.
- Facilitated and coordinated meetings with the MOH, Health Link, UN agencies, and partners on how to improve services at JTH.
- Continued to support high-speed Wi-Fi internet service at RMF’s office on the premises of Juba Teaching Hospital.
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- Background & Objectives
Accident and Emergency (A&E) Department
New Space for Dental Unit
One block of the Accident and Emergency (A&E) department upgraded by RMF is now assigned and occupied by the Dental unit of the hospital. The unit is now providing care in a well-maintained structure with effective infection control measures.
New Maternity Unit
In collaboration with the Chinese government, there is ongoing construction of a new, modern maternity unit at Juba Teaching Hospital (JTH).
High-Speed Wi-Fi Internet
Access to Research and Education
We continued to support high-speed Wi-Fi internet service at RMF’s Juba office. The high-speed Wi-Fi internet service provides internet access to doctors, nurses, midwives, and RMF’s team, facilitating research and improving continuous medical education for healthcare professionals and coordination for RMF’s team.
Waste Management Policy Implementation
Benefiting Workers and Patients
JTH premises and the surrounding areas are preserved and kept clean and safe through regular removal of the waste which had posed a threat to the healthcare workers, patients, surrounding community, and the environment. We facilitated and performed regular monitoring and supportive supervision of JTH healthcare workers and janitors on implementation of waste management policy guidelines. The working conditions of JTH’s janitorial workers have been improved.
Improved Maternal Outcomes
Supporting the ANC Unit and Human Resources
- The ANC unit continued to enroll women in the program using ANC cards printed and provided by RMF.
- RMF supported a registered midwife who continued to serve the whole Maternity unit and mentor students from JCONAM. This has positively changed maternal outcomes at Juba Teaching Hospital. In addition, RMF supported one registered nurse, posted in the Gynecology department by Juba Teaching Hospital’s management, to bridge the staffing gap in the unit and share her expertise.
Juba Teaching Hospital, the only referral hospital in the whole country of South Sudan, is located in its capital Juba, Central Equatoria State. With an estimated population of 10.16 million basing on annual population growth of 3% from a population census conducted in 2008 and lack of proper functioning primary health care facilities upcountry, many South Sudanese have nowhere to go to but this national referral hospital. Military and police hospitals, if any, are non-functional country wide, forcing soldiers and officers to share the limited facilities with civilians.
Juba Teaching Hospital is directly funded by the central government through the National Ministry of Health, and supported by Real Medicine Foundation, Medical Mission International, UN agencies and other NGOs. Our overarching goal is to improve the quality and sustainability of medical and surgical services provided at Juba Teaching Hospital.
- Improve patient wards and build infrastructure within Juba Teaching Hospital starting with the Pediatric wards.
- Assist in improving conditions for providing health care at Juba Teaching Hospital, including the policies and management of regular and medical waste.
- Rehabilitate and/or purchase new medical equipment.
- Provide basic medical supplies, disposables and pharmaceuticals for the Pediatric Department, complementing those provided by the Ministry of Health.
- Organize on-site clinical training, beginning with general equipment usage.