South Sudan: Juba College of Nursing and Midwifery (JCONAM)
30 Students Graduate, 2 Pass with Distinction: Q4 2018
February 01, 2019
Odongo Bonny Oryem
Summary of Activities
- 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.
- 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.
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- Background & Objectives
Final Exam Success
Pass with Distinction
In all of South Sudan, a total of 385 nursing and midwifery students (185 nurses and 200 midwives), sat for their final exams in November 2018. Of these, only 11 nursing student and 9 midwifery students passed with distinction. JCONAM had 15 nurses and 15 midwives sit for the exam, and we are proud to report that 1 midwifery student and 1 nursing student passed with distinction. This brought great pleasure to the students, the government, and Real Medicine Foundation.
The students from Kajo Keji Health Training Institute successfully completed their courses in November
RMF continued to support the hired national midwifery tutor at the college. RMF continued to provide top-up allowances for eight midwives who serve the Maternity unit of Juba Teaching Hospital and mentor students from JCONAM.
The midwife kits provided to Juba Teaching Hospital and other health facilities improved the availability of essential equipment, helping to improve safe maternity care, as well as JCONAM students’ experience in clinical practice.
RMF continued to supply basic medical supplies/medications for students.
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.