SSMJ November 2013


Counting the opportunity cost of abandoning the Omnibus Health Professions Authority

The South Sudan Medical Council Bill, now approved, will improve the regulatory frame work for health professionals. It will facilitate registration and licensing of health professionals including doctors, dentists and pharmacists. In turn this should enhance patient safety and quality of care delivered in the country.

Polio in South Sudan: the outbreak that never was

On September 30th 2013, the Government of South Sudan announced an outbreak of polio in the country. This was declared a national health emergency, since the country had been polio free since 2009.

News, Reports and Policy

Water water everywhere nor any drop to drink

Wide awake in the middle of the night, I switched on the radio: BBC World service. Someone was talking about South Sudan and the prevalence there of the water-borne disease, Guinea-Worm fever, one of the few countries in the world where the disease is endemic and, in South Sudan's case, the speaker explained, virulently so. The symptoms he described were obscene.

SSMJ 6.4 - Resources

This issue - Maternal Health and Family Planning Infections Publications

Clinical Guidance

The power of Nutrition Impact and Positive Practice (NIPP) Circles

The Nutrition Impact and Positive Practice (NIPP) circle model was designed to provide alternative, community-based treatment and prevention of moderate acute malnutrition (MAM) to food-aid initiatives, including blanket supplementary feeding programmes (BSFP) and/or targeted supplementary feeding programmes (TSFP). Through both treatment and prevention of MAM, it is hoped that this will reduce the high rates of chronic malnutrition and intra-uterine growth restriction.

Answers to photo quiz from august issue

Answers to the photo Quiz from the August Issue of SSMJ

Unruptured tubal pregnancy in the second trimester

The incidence of ectopic pregnancies varies from 10 to 39.5/1,000 deliveries [1,2,3]. The ampullary portion of the fallopian tube is the most common location [4]. Many risk factors are associated with ectopic pregnancies. Tubal pregnancies generally rupture between 5 and 11 weeks of gestation [3].

How to carry out a clinical audit project

It is, “A quality improvement process that seeks to improve patient care and outcomes through systematic review of care against explicit criteria and implementation of change. Aspects of the structure, processes and outcomes of care are selected and systematically evaluated against explicit criteria. Where indicated changes are implemented at an individual team or service level and further monitoring is used to confirm improvement in health care delivery” [1]


Polio supplementary immunization campaign evaluation: the Maban experience, Upper Nile state, South Sudan, August 2013

Although there are no confirmed polio cases in South Sudan since June 2009, vital indicators for polio eradication activities are not satisfactory [1]. Hence, the recent huge polio outbreak in Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia demanded a safety net SNIDs for four States, including Upper Nile.

Stroke in SSA: Review of current literature concerning the incidence, risk factors and mortality of stroke in this demographic

Case Reports

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ICMDA 2014 Flyer

ICMDA 2014 Flyer