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A school of health

The vocational qualification of local medical personnel is a particular concern for Malteser International. This capacity building through education and training secures the sustainability of aid measures. Malteser International has managed a vocational training center in Rumbek, in the central region of South Sudan since May 2013. The school combines the laboratory school founded by Malteser International in 2002 with a nursing school. Our goal is to train qualified medical personnel for South Sudan. Alongside training through lectures and practice, the future medics are provided with food and accommodation.

Four years after its independence, South Sudan still faces great challenges in the area of healthcare. A particular problem is the lack of qualified medical personnel. Since May 2013, Malteser International has managed a vocational training center in Rumbek for the training of medical personnel such as nurses and laboratory technicians. We use consistent teaching plans and standards to improve the quality of the training, and with that, the performance of the students. It takes up to three years to earn the officially recognized qualification, and the selection of students is made under the responsibility of the Ministry of Health, so that their later work in the health system can be planned from the beginning on. Malteser International has been involved in the training of laboratory assistants and technicians in Rumbek since 2002.

Between 2013 and 2016, 77 laboratory technicians and nurses should graduate from their training and go on to make a contribution to the need for medical personnel in South Sudan.

The qualifications of existing medical personnel will be strengthened.

A shared school complex will be created from the facilities of the two existing schools for laboratory assistants and nursing staff, with well equipped classrooms, sufficient teaching staff, and a library with computer equipment. Opportunities for internships will be created within the framework of the training offered by the school via connections with referring hospitals.

  • Selection and employment of further teaching staff, and further training opportunities for staff.
  • Creation of a sufficient number of internship places at referring hospitals.
  • Creation of educational material.
  • Opening of classrooms, a hall and accommodation for students.
  • Scholarship program for the further training of medical personnel

Country info

Capital: Juba
Area: 644,329 km²
Population: c. 12 Million

Project data

Project duration: since 2002
Donors: European Delegation in South Sudan, provate donations
Partners: National health authorities

Last updated: January 2016

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