South Sudan: Juba Teaching Hospital Support
72 Staff Supported by RMF: Q2 2019
August 23, 2019
Odongo Bonny Oryem
Summary of Activities
- Continued to boost hospital operations through in-kind donations. During the previous reporting period, RMF provided midwife kits to support JTH and other health facilities within South Sudan. This was made possible through our partnership with Direct Relief.
- Maintained a high-power generator (purchased and installed last year) for RMF’s office on the premises of Juba Teaching Hospital (JTH), which can provide support to JTH, especially the main Operating Theatre when needed.
- Maintained the efficient, prefabricated office space that we previously installed for the Juba Teaching Hospital (JTH) store and pharmaceutical officer next to RMF’s office.
- Facilitated cleaning of the hospital premises and continued to support 3 RMF cleaners attached to the Surgical Emergency unit to supplement the few cleaners maintained by the Ministry of Health (MOH), including procurement of adequate cleaning materials.
- Continued monitoring and mentorship of trained healthcare professionals on the usage of Health eVillages tablets.
- Maintained high-speed Wi-Fi internet services at the JTH administration office, OPD, and other departments, which RMF installed during the previous quarter.
- Printed antenatal cards for JTH, hence reducing hospital operating costs.
- One United Nations Volunteers (UNV) midwife working at Juba Teaching Hospital benefited from the Respectful Health Care (RHC) and Psycho-Trauma Support training funded by RMF. She expressed great appreciation for the training’s impact on service delivery.
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- Background & Objectives
Began supporting 64 more staff members from the Maternal, Neonatal, and Child Health (MNCH) department, including doctors and consultants, with top-up allowances, which makes a total of 72 Juba Teaching Hospital staff members directly supported by RMF.
Quality of care and patient satisfaction improved immediately after RMF initiated top-up allowances for the 72 Maternal, Neonatal, and Child Health department staff members.
The midwife kits provided to Juba Teaching Hospital and other health facilities continued to improve the availability of essential equipment and helped to improve safe maternity care.
RMF procured and supplied basic surgical consumables and other anesthetic drugs to Juba Teaching Hospital’s main Operating Theatre as requested.
The new Juba Teaching Hospital OPD structure close to completion. In collaboration with the Chinese government, there is ongoing construction of a new, modern Maternity unit at Juba Teaching Hospital (JTH).
RMF facilitated and coordinated weekly meetings with the MOH, Health Link, HPF, UN agencies, and partners on how to improve services at JTH.
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.