South Sudanese students arrived last week at the International Medical and Dental Association’s (ICMDA) National Institute of Health Sciences (NIHS) where they will be trained to become clinical officers, midwives and nurses. This week, lessons began with team building exercises to prepare students for the year ahead.
51 students made the journey across to Uganda, 20 of whom are training to be clinical officers, 16 nurses and 15 midwives.
AID is very excited and thankful to see this project taking shape; we have been concerned for a long time to see that the health situation in South Sudan is transformed – less than 50% of the population has access to healthcare and maternal mortality is the world’s highest. The NIHS is an important step along the road to improving healthcare in South Sudan.
The NIHS is currently based at Mengo Hospital in Kampala, until it can be moved across into South Sudan when the country becomes more stable.
AID has been raising funds for the NIHS over the last 10 months and are grateful to all who have already helped us in this. We will continue to support the Institute as it trains South Sudanese health workers for many years to come. If you would like to enable the continuation of this project by donating, please click here.