In April, we introduced you to the work of Dr Lou L Koboji and his Kajo-Keji Health Training Institute. Since then, a lot has happened.
The Ministry of Health Republic of South Sudan has become a new grant funder of the institute and is now paying monthly operational costs. Together with the Segal Family Foundation, Indiegogo and other private sponsors a total grant of $38,500 (USD) was received in the first quarter of this year. In addition, an earned income of $67,598 (USD) was raised in form of tuition fees. These are paid by organisations and foundations for particular students or by the students themselves.
The construction of further facilities has been going ahead. Solar units have been installed and the boys hostel has been renovated. And by the end of July, the new teaching block with four classrooms and an office room was finished.
Currently, 208 students are studying at the institute. In total 77 new students from South Sudan were admitted in 2016 and additionally, 3 students from the Nuba Mountains in Sudan now also are studying in Kajo-Keji.
All in all, one can say, that the teaching by the institute has been a positive impact on the health education in South Sudan. So far, the students of at Kajo-Keji have reached over 34.000 people with community based health education and services and they have been teaching classes on health and STI education at 8 secondary and 13 primary schools.
In addition, more than 1.680 patients have been diagnosed and treated during the hospital attachment of the students and over 300 mothers have been attended to within the frame of maternal child health.
As Dr Koboji was initially motivated to improve the health care system in South Sudan by the death of Mrs. Kiden, a mother who died in Terekeka during childbirth, maternal and child health care is the first priority at the institute. It is ensured that the students do not miss a single hour in the maternity ward, antenatal clinic and paediatric ward. Also, starting in October this year, training for midwifes to address the problems of maternal health care is going to start at Kajo-Keji.
Before the end of this year, the year-three students are expected to graduate and return to their home states. Aciro and William are two of these students and we are hoping to accompany them during their transition from their learning period at the institute to the application of their knowledge at their new work places.
As it stands, the Kajo-Keji Health Training Institute will continue to grow, as Dr. Koboji plans to offer more attachments for the students within hospitals and nursing by December. And his mission will stay the same – improving the health care in South Sudan.