The SSMJ team are pleased to welcome Dr Edward Eremugo Luka as the new Editor-in-Chief of this journal, and we thank Dr Wani Mena for co-editing the journal (together with Dr Eluzai Abe Hakim) from its birth to the present time. Drs Mena and Hakim will continue to be on the Editorial Board as Associate Editors.
The Republic of South Sudan Ministry of Health has appointed Dr Peter Newman, Consultant Neurologist, James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough, England, to the post of Honorary Director of Postgraduate Medical Education for South Sudan.
Dr Newman was until recently Director of Postgraduate Medical Education for South Tees NHS Trust and Associate International Director with responsibility for Africa in the Royal College of Physicians (RCP). He has also been involved in developing nurse-led epilepsy care programmes in Malawi. He maintains a role with the RCP, particularly in relation to medical training. Dr Newman stated, "the Honorary post provides an opportunity to work with associates in South Sudan and UK to develop postgraduate medical training programmes. The South Sudan government strategy is to encourage and promote postgraduate medical training, and we hope that colleagues, particularly in the UK Wessex Deanery area, will harness their enthusiasm and expertise in support of this aim. Starting with a virtually blank sheet, there is a great potential to build capacity and significantly influence the health of the people through the training of the young doctors in South Sudan."