SSMJ 8.2 Notices
Professor Rich Bregazzi
Rich Bregazzi has been appointed to the post of Dean of the South Sudan College of Physicians and Surgeons and will be visiting for four months in the year. Rich has worked for some time with the team from the Isle of Wight and is a Visiting Research Fellow in Healthcare Education at St John's College Durham University. See his article on page 38 and his blog at
Training to manage post-partum haemorrhage
Most readers know that immediate post-partum haemorrhage is a problem in South Sudan as well as Chad (see above article). In Chad the most common risk factor was multiple births and the most common cause was uterine atony. Is this the same in South Sudan? Please send us your experience.
Training of medics, mid-wives and nurses is needed to prevent and manage immediate post-partum haemorrhage. Figures 1 shows suturing and Figure 2 shows a less-available method – how to use an uterine balloon device.
Figure 1. Student midwives at Yei Medical College practice suturing to minimise blood loss from genital lesions (credit Nancy MacKeith)
Figure 2. Frontline health workers in Ikotos, South Sudan, receive training in the use of a low-cost uterine balloon device developed by Massachusetts General Hospital's Maternal, Newborn and Child Survival program. © 2012 Samuel Boland, Courtesy of Photoshare
Thanks to Nancy MacKeith for helping to prepare this note and the article on page XXX.
The photo above is from K4Health’s Photoshare scheme. This allows authors/editors to download for free images from a bank of images – which can be sorted by country and topic. See http://www.photoshare.org
Dear Friends of the University of Juba
Ref: University of Juba Books Airfreight
The University of Juba re-opened on January 5th, 2015 following two weeks Christmas break. We are busy planning an historic graduation ceremony for about 3500 graduands scheduled for February 21st, 2015. This will, for some reasons, be the first time the University is organising a graduation ceremony since 2003! It will also not only mark the first post-independence graduation, but the first ever graduation since the return of the University of Juba, to its spiritual and ancestral home of Juba, from Khartoum.
We are also excited to learn that Dr Hugh Grant, an Oxford paediatric surgeon with a connection to the University of Juba, has collected 250 kilograms worth of desparately needed uptodate books on a wide range of specialities for the University of Juba Library. I am therefore writing appealing to you, Friends of the University of Juba, to help with the cost of the transportation of the books to Juba.
All Ways Freight, a Heathrow based freight company, who have transported surgical sutures and books for Juba Hospital (Co-ordinated by Dr Eluzai Hakim) before will transport the books via Kenya Airways. Dr Eluzai Hakim will handle the logistics of the transportation.
The amount required is approximately GBP 1500.00. The breakdown is as follows:
Freight Cost GBP 1125.00
Packaging and transportation from Oxford GBP 100.00
Contigency GBP 275.00
Total GBP 1500.00
Please do make all cheques payable to ''Juba Link'', a UK registered charity which Dr Eluzai Hakim is Vice Chair of and Medical Advisor to. Please write on the back of the cheque: "University of Juba Books Air Freight" as the money will be deposited in the charity account, and the freight company will be paid from the company account for reasons of transparency and accounting.
The Postal Address is: Dr Eluzai Hakim, Oakdene House, 51 Fishbourne Lane, RYDE, Isle of Wight, PO33 4EX.
Thank you very much for all your help.
Prof Mairi John Blackings
Director, Planning, Innovation and Quality Assurance
CC: Vice Chancellor
Librarian, University of Juba
Nancy MacKeith, Jane Collier, John Acre, Peter Newman and Naa Akleh Noi Odonkor and everyone else for helping us prepare this issue of the South Sudan Medical Journal.