SSMJ November 2008


Editorial: Evidence Based Medicine: The Foundations of a Good Healthcare System

We vividly recall on our first days as medical students being told that half of what we were about to learn in our degrees would be obsolete by the time we graduated. Such is the pace of advancement in medical knowledge and practice. A brand new edition of a medical textbook, by the time of publication, is already many months and perhaps years out of date. It is useful to reflect on these facts as we consider the place of peer-reviewed journals, such as the Southern Sudan Medical Journal, in our continuing professional development.

News, Reports and Policy

Mpower!…A Health Education Programme in Mundri

Mpower! is a collaborative project of the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations-The Netherlands (IFMSA-The Netherlands) and the Mundri Relief and Development Association (MRDA). Mpower! is a ‘training of trainers’ project organized by Dutch medical students in close association with South Sudanese peers...

Clinical Guidance

Guidelines for the Management of Suspected Microbial Keratitis in Settings with Limited Laboratory Facilities

Microbial Keratitis, also referred to as Suppurative Keratitis or Corneal Ulcer, is a potentially sight threatening condition that may present to doctors and nurses working in State hospitals and eye units in Southern Sudan. Delay in treatment can result in development of complications that may lead to loss of sight or destruction of the eye...

Preventing Iron Deficiency and Anaemia

Anaemia, often due to iron deficiency, is one of the most widespread causes of mortality and morbidity in Southern Sudan, which probably has probably one of the highest rates in the world...

Tapes for measuring Mid Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC)

At a time when food is in short supply it is essential to have a simple method of identifying malnourished young children. The mid upper arm circumference (MUAC) of children aged 6 – 59 months gives an indication of the degree of wasting and is a good predictor of mortality. Research shows that it is equally good, if not better, than other measurements for screening young children and selecting those needing therapeutic feeding...

The Medical and Social Consequences of Alcohol Abuse- the first of two articles

The prevalence of alcohol related illness in the Southern Sudan is unknown, though there is anecdotal information that alcohol related violence, marital discord, absenteeism from work and road traffic accidents which are related to the use of alcohol are common. Humans have drunk alcohol for at least twelve thousand years. It has been used in religious rituals, in ancient cultures as diverse as Samaria, Babylon, Egypt, China and Anglo-Saxon Britain. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) 1.8 million people worldwide died in 2000 from alcohol related causes, 3% of all deaths worldwide...


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Case Reports

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Extracts from Journals / For your Resource Centre - November 2008

Mundri Under 5 Clinic, The Burden of Trachoma in Ayod County, Is the end in sight for malaria deaths?...