INTERNATIONAL AID ORGANIZATION CELEBRATES SOUTH SUDAN’S FIRST INDEPENDENCE DAY WITH HISTORIC STUDENT CLASS
July 9, 2012 – LOS ANGELES, CA – Today internationally acclaimed humanitarian relief and development organization Real Medicine Foundation joins in celebrating South Sudan’s first anniversary of its independence day. The organization has a close history with the new nation, where its CEO and Founder Dr. Martina Fuchs has just returned from visiting with the students, faculty, and staff of Juba College of Nursing and Midwifery (JCONAM), the first ever accredited healthcare training institute there.
Fuchs visited with JCONAM’s first two classes of students in the 3-year Registered Nursing and Midwifery diploma program. The need for nurses and midwives is severe in South Sudan, which has experienced a destruction of its professional skilled care services as a result of more than two decades of civil strife and war in addition to experiencing one of the top maternal mortality rates in the world. The JCONAM school, co-Founded and Supported by Real Medicine Foundation, offers a crucial backbone for the healthcare system of the fledgling nation.
“For every 100,000 live births in South Sudan, 2,054 women die. The shortcomings in maternal and child care are affecting public health and the community,” Fuchs says. “With the JCONAM model, we have started to strategically close the gap on maternal healthcare in South Sudan with a plan that will continually bring highly qualified medical personnel into service.”
Photo: Dr. Martina C. Fuchs, RMF Founder/CEO, making new friends at the Lwala, Kenya Community Hospital, October 1, 2011
We are so grateful to all our friends, supporters and teams around the world and wish everyone a fantastic 2012!
Having wrapped up another successful we want to pause and say a huge THANK YOU to all of you who supported our work in 2011. You have helped us achieve so much, and we give our deep thanks to everyone for your generosity and support!
by Sophia Nyame, RMF project partner with UNFPA in Southern Sudan
The teachers, students, and mentors of our Juba College of Nursing and Midwifery recently held a very succesful 3 day clinical mentoring workshop sponsored by the UNFPA on May 18th-20th in Juba, Southern Sudan, to build the skills of everyone involved in the clinic training of our students.
As our project in Southern Sudan, the Juba College of Nursing and Midwifery completes it’s First Quarter of 2011, we are proud that the College is continuing it’s program with the welcome support of all the partners within the Southern Sudan Government, Ministry of Health, United Nations (UNFPA and UNDP) and all other supporting NGO’s. After the tense but succesful independance referendum was passed in January, the teachers and students were able to return to the College and continue with the second semester of their respective programs.
A full report has been published to our website here, some of the highlights are below:
The first class of Nursing and Midwifery students at JCONAM
· South Sudan clashes between army and militia kill 57 (BBC)
· Gabriel Tanginya reports himself to South Sudan army (ST)
· Constitutional review: S. Sudan civil society activists decry lack of participation (ST)
South Sudan clashes between army and militia kill 57
At least 57 people have been killed in fighting between government forces and a rebel militia in South Sudan, officials have said.
South Sudan army spokesman Brig Malaak Ayuen said dozens were also wounded in the clashes in the state of Jonglei.
In a separate incident in Jonglei, a Sudanese employee of the UN World Food Programme was killed on Friday by unknown assailants.
It is with relief and pride that we read the results of the South Sudanese referendum vote for independence from the North. Our project in Sudan , the new Juba College of Nursing and Midwifery, was directly impacted by the ability of the referendum to be carried out peacefully and with positive results for the South.
Our staff in Juba is now busy again as the first class of 40 students gets started on their second semester of Nursing and Midwifery programs. There is still much to be done to assure the College is well funded and sustainable, but the biggest hurdle of uncertainty has been overcome with the successful referendum results.
Our staff and the first class of Nursing & Midwifery Students