In February 2010, UJENZI joined forces with the Massachusetts General Hospital, Department of Emergency Medicine, Division of Global Health and Human Rights to establish the Southern Sudan Medical Education Collaborative. (SSMEC) GHHR is working in partnership with the government of South Sudan to reestablish in-country training of doctors in the country.
Challenge: The University of Juba College of Medicine is currently the only medical school in South Sudan. More than 900 students are enrolled in the college. There is only one permanent faculty member. The students have limited access to educational materials and until recently, have had only one classroom. The Southern Sudan Medical Education Collaborative (SSMEC) provide the majority of instruction to this seminal generation.
Solution: Provide instruction, training, and infrastructure. During the next six years, the top University of Juba College of Medicine graduates will become the first medical college faculty. In order to reach this sustainable milestone, the SSMEC will need to raise a minimum of $75,000 per year. The first goals will be the acquisition of two adequate classrooms, reliable electricity, more basic science and medical textbooks, and laboratory supplies.
Accomplishments to date: Since March 2010, SSMEC medical student instructors have taught 94-person weeks of biomedical sciences at the University of Juba. SSMEC instructors have delivered full courses in biochemistry, physiology, anatomy, histology, neuroscience, community medicine, and physical diagnosis. Remarkably, the amazing and innovative SSMEC team today includes medical student instructors from Harvard Medical School, Johns Hopkins Medical School, Albany Medical College, University of Nairobi Medical School, Tufts University Medical School, Boston University Medical School, and Stanford Medical School.