The Republic of South Sudan has one of the most severe shortages of health workers in the world. The World Health Organization recommends 4.5 health workers per 1,000 population (Global Health Workforce 2030). South Sudan does not reach half of this recommendation. There are 1 nurses/midwifes and 0.3 medical officers per 10,000 population (WHO, 2015).
With a medical workforce of less than 20% of its needed capacity, it can often take up to 5 years for a rural patient to see a qualified medical professional. This low access to health care causes inadequate or no treatment for millions of South Sudanese. Children and families suffer from preventable illnesses such as diarrhea, malnutrition, cholera, measles, and malaria, as well as untreated non-communicable diseases. Tuberculosis prevalence is high and HIV/AIDS is on the rise. Most neglected tropical diseases are endemic: South Sudan accounts for about 90% of the global guinea-worm burden.
And with limited and lack of access to care, many of these preventable, treatable illnesses lead to dire situations. The under-five infant mortality rate is 135.3 per 1,000, whilst maternal mortality is one of the highest in the world at 2,054 per 100,000 live births. Comparatively, the United States and United Kingdom’s ratios, respectively, are 14 and 9 per 100,000 live births. Less than 10% of births in South Sudan are assisted by a skilled attendant.
Kajo Keji Health Training Institute is addressing these health care barriers in the following ways:
Kajo Keji Health Training Institute trains students in a three year tailored medical education. The comprehensive curriculum prepares clinical officers and medical laboratory technologists to serve and save the lives.
We welcome students from across the country who are ready to begin their careers in the medical field. Our unique cost sharing and cost recovery fee makes it affordable for students and is 25% less than other programs. KKHTI students regularly perform at the top of country wide exams.
Pictured left: Students studying in classrooms
Prevention and Treatment of Patients
KKHTI provides preventative care to communities and individuals. We have treated over 2,500 patients in hospitals across South Sudan. We focus on the greatest areas of need, in particular, maternal and child care, where we give treatment and education to both mother and child. KKHTI has worked with over 500 mothers.
Pictured left: Aciro and Lokoro attending to mother in Labour
Community-Based Health Education and Services
KKHTI conducts outreach programs to communities and schools. We offer education on communicable diseases prevention, hygiene and sanitation, reaching 32 primary schools and 13 secondary schools. We have also reached five counties with health education for the general community and conduct monthly radio talk show on health matter
We are now also working with local refugee camps to provide necessary medical treatment and education to the thousands of displaced South Sudanese in northern Uganda. We work closely with UNHCR and other refugee agencies to ensure we are giving our skills and time to the biggest medical needs in these camps.
Pictured left: Wudu primary school pupils attending to health education conducted by KKHTI students
Offer Consultancy and Participate in Health Policy Formulation
KKHTI has conducted four health consultancy trainings in South Sudan for health workers
KKHTI is consistently involved in the development of the national curriculum for health workers and other general health policy matters.
Pictured left: Trainees examining blood smear sample for malaria parasites