SSMJ May 2017


Sustainable Development Goals implementation in the context of South Sudan

On 25 September 2015, world leaders adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), 169 targets and at least 300 indicators to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, ensure peace and stability, tackle climate change and environmental degradation by 2030 as well as putting in place a robust global partnership in support of the realization of the goals.

News, Reports and Policy

Quiz on liver function tests

Quiz on liver function tests

Funding for South Sudanese

News on Funding for South Sudanese Doctors & others undertaking Postgraduate Studies

Hello and goodbye

Small Baby Series

The Small Baby Series are 27 short teaching videos demonstrate life-saving practices such as how to keep premature babies warm with skin-to-skin care, and how to feed them with a cup or feeding tube before they’re strong enough to breastfeed. The series also includes five videos designed specifically for mothers to demystify the needs of premature infants and help them care for their babies both in the hospital and at home.

Care Groups in Emergencies in Unity State, South Sudan

Care Groups aim to promote behaviour change in order improve infant and young child feeding (IYCF) and are usually one component (together with feeding programmes, food security and WASH interventions, etc.) in nutrition and health interventions. This summary describes the adaption of the Care Group model in an acute emergency situation in Unity State.

Clinical Guidance

How to interpret liver function tests

Careful interpretation of liver function tests within the clinical context can help elucidate the cause and severity of the underlying pathology. Predominantly raised alkaline phosphatase represents the cholestatic pattern of biliary pathology, whilst predominantly raised alanine aminotransferase and aspartate aminotransferase represent the hepatocellular pattern of hepatocellular pathology.


Maternal near-miss in N’Djamena Mother and Child Hospital, Chad

Background: Maternal near-miss describes a woman who almost died but survived a complication that occurred during pregnancy, childbirth or within the 42 days following pregnancy termination. The prevalence of maternal near-miss is variable around the world. In Chad no previous survey has been performed on maternal near-miss.

What causes patients to trust medical professionals? Insights from mothers in Juba

Trust in medical professionals is an important aspect of demand for health care in South Sudan, without which many patients may never attempt to access clinics and hospitals. This qualitative research study used in-depth biographical interviews to explore family health histories according to the experiences of South Sudanese mothers in Juba.

Causes of road traffic accidents in Juba

Introduction: Road traffic accidents (RTAs) are a major cause of death and disability in South Sudan. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether violation of traffic rules is the main cause of RTAs.

Case Reports

From traditional birth attendants to hospital: a maternal near-miss

‘Maternal near-miss’ is defined as a woman who nearly died during pregnancy or following delivery but survived. The story of many women in sub Saharan Africa is that of an escape from death if they do eventually have a safe delivery.1This situation is not unconnected to several factors as it concerns these women, their families, the society and the choices they make.


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