The EPI cold chain system, established by RMF in Pibor PHCC, continued to function and provide safe storage of vaccines to promote effective immunization services for children under five and women of childbearing age.
RMF’s Pibor health team continued to travel for their break in Juba through UNHAS flights, which minimizes issues related to burnout that most professionals face in those hard to reach areas.
RMF’s trained healthcare workers continued to be mentored throughout the quarter and to provide quality healthcare services based on South Sudan’s Ministry of Health (MOH) policies and international best practices.
Although the project mainly targets MNCH, general healthcare indicators in Pibor are worsening. Hence, RMF is trying to provide comprehensive care in accordance with the South Sudan basic primary care package. Services now provided include the following:
The restoration of healthcare services in Pibor has a significant impact on the health and wellbeing of the communities within the county and neighboring areas.
The communities in Pibor County now have access to quality MNCH (maternal, neonatal, and child health) and general healthcare services.
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 Pibor, 60,400, projected from the 2008 South Sudan Population and Housing Census.