South Sudan: Juba College of Nursing and Midwifery (JCONAM)
Minister of Health Visits College: Q2 2018
October 02, 2018
Odongo Bonny Oryem
Summary of Activities
- Continued support of college human resources through payment of a South Sudanese national tutor’s salary.
- Continued paying the monthly salary of a highly experienced, registered midwife who is heading the Maternity department of Juba Teaching Hospital (JTH) and mentoring students from JCONAM during their clinical practice at the hospital.
- The two master trainers for the Health eVillages project continued to benefit from the tablets preloaded with medical materials.
- Continued to support the consultative process in developing policies/guidelines and strengthening the South Sudan Nurses and Midwives Association.
- Continued coordination of RMF activities and participation in meetings/workshops together with NGOs and UN agencies supporting JCONAM and other National Health Training Institutes (NHTIs).
- Provided support to the National Ministry of Health, Republic of South Sudan and project partners in the coordination and implementation of project activities over the reporting period. Support and activities are in line with the approved JCONAM annual work plan.
- Continued facilitation of interlinkages with UNFPA, MOH, IMC, and other stakeholders to guarantee quality assurance in the implementation of both nursing and midwifery curricula in the diploma program.
- Coordinated RMF activities with other organizations and UN agencies supporting the Juba College of Nursing and Midwifery (JCONAM) by participating in meetings and conferences.
- RMF keeps the JCONAM dispensary stocked with essential medicines; the students and college staff receive medication from JCONAM for simple medical conditions.
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- Background & Objectives
Minister of Health
The Minister of Health expressed his happiness to college staff and students for supporting the hospital. The Minister of Health extended his gratitude to all tutors at JCONAM and partners supporting the college.
A new JCONAM midwifery tutor was recruited and supported by RMF. In addition to the role of lecturing and mentoring students in clinical studies, the new national tutor provided by RMF supported JCONAM’s administration in management of the college.
Making a Difference
Teaching the Youth
JCONAM third-year nursing students visited a nearby primary school to educate schoolchildren on:
- General home and personal hygiene
- When and how to prepare, administer, and store homemade oral rehydration solution
South Sudan’s maternal mortality rate remains one of the highest in the world – 789 women per 100,000 live births. This means that 1 in 50 women will die from pregnancy-related causes, as compared to 1 in 4,900 in developed countries. Currently in South Sudan, only about 19% of deliveries take place at a health facility, and despite improvements, there is still a critical shortage of midwives throughout the country. Real Medicine Foundation initiated and co-founded South Sudan’s first-ever accredited college of nursing and midwifery with St. Mary’s Hospital Juba Link, Isle of Wight, and the college was established in collaboration with the Ministry of Health of South Sudan, UNFPA, UNICEF, UNDP, WHO, CIDA, and the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and in partnership with and with financial support from World Children’s Fund.
- Provide model courses in Registered Nursing and Registered Midwifery in the first National Health Training Diploma Institute in South Sudan.
- Provide a curriculum recognized by all ministries associated with education in the ROSS (new designation for the new Republic of South Sudan, replacing GOSS).
- Provide leading edge skills laboratory and library for the students.
- Provide improved clinical setting for student training.
- Provide highly qualified instructors and tutors for the duration of the three-year program.
- Provide an unprecedented model of healthcare sector capacity building for South Sudan.
- Provide a sustainable solution to South Sudan’s maternal mortality rate and infant mortality rate, both among the highest in the world.