St Mary’s Hospital, Isle of Wight – Juba Hospital Link Established: 2007

Fields of work Other
UK Partner St Mary’s Hospital, Isle of Wight
Developing Country Partner Juba Hospital
Contact Mr Tim Walsh Roud Cottage Roud Lane Roud, Nr Ventnor PO38 3LH UK Tel: 07970939660

The Link was set in November 2007 to support the Government of the Republic of South Sudan (ROSS) in order to improve clinical services by helping in the training and education of South Sudanese Healthcare professionals.  We work closely with the Ministry of Health (GOSS), the senior doctors and nursing staff at Juba Teaching Hospital.  We have undertaken several intensive training visits to Juba Teaching Hospital and the Military Hospital  and a number of elective attachments have been undertaken by medical students and doctors in training from the Wessex Region.  South Sudan healthcare is desperately in need of support but the greatest need is the development of skills thereby building capacity and developing self-sufficiency.  In addition, Tim Walsh has examined 3rd year medical students from the University of Juba Medical School and also presented a paper on Postgraduate Medical Training for South Sudanese doctors at  the first Medical Specialists Conference held in Juba in May 2011 and run a Training the Trainers Course alongside Dr Richard Bregazzi and Dr David Attwood in November 2012.

The Link had arranged for a training visit in the management of vesico-vaginal fistula to Juba in Nov/Dec 2009.  The UNFPA, Ministry of Health (Government of Southern Sudan)  and Juba Teaching Hospital had requested that we undertake this surgical training in Wau however on arrival in Juba it had been decided by the UNFPA that the operating theatre in Wau was unsuitable and the training/surgery was undertaken at Juba Teaching Hospital.  The  team  consisted of 2 Urologists, 1 General Surgeon, 1 Anaesthetist and 1 Nurse and an educationalist who also worked in theatre and on the ward.  18 operations  were undertaken (all difficult re-do operations) and  in addition operated on some emergency cases, i.e. gun shot wound.  This visit was followed by a team from Mental Health and Midwifery in March 2010 when daily intensive teaching was undertaken to very enthusiastic  medical assistant students and hospital based midwives. A nursing/midwifery visit was undertaken in November 2011.

The Juba Link is in the process of building a 6 bedded guest house in which to house visiting trainers.  Land has been given by the Ministry of Health (Government of South Sudan) to the Link and funds are currently being raised to complete the building (estimated completion is end of February 2013).  Rooms will be available for hire when not in use by Link or associated members.

The Juba Link was asked by the MoH (GOSS) to write a proposal for healthcare services in Southern Sudan over the next 5 years (called The Basic Package).  This was submitted to GOSS in January 2010. Many of the proposals have been taken up by The Minister of Health and wants the Link to support.

The Juba Link was a catalyst in getting the School of Nursing/Midwifery reopened in 2011.  This realisation came about thanks to the Real Medicine Foundation and the World Children's Fund.  Tutors have been appointed and students selected.

The Minister of Health of RoSS (His Excellency Dr Luka Monoja)  visited the Isle of Wight in October 2011 and met up with members from the Link as well as the Poole/Wau Link, the Regional Postgraduate Dean for Wessex, members from the Wessex International Group, Ministry officials and DIFID.

Case study – Seed corn grant enables Southern Sudan Link

Over 20 years of civil war has devastated the entire Southern Sudan region. Only 25% of the population has access to healthcare and it has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world. In January 2008, THET approved a small grant to the Link to provide much needed training to Juba Hospital healthcare professionals in order to improve quality and access to essential health services.

During a visit to the hospital in March 2008, a plan of action was developed. Soon afterwards, medical students from Southampton Medical School undertook elective periods at the Juba Teaching Hospital: two trainee doctors then spent four months working in the hospital; and there have since been two visits from senior trainers each lasting three weeks.

Future plans included focus on operating on vesico-vagina fistula patients, urology, general surgery, postoperative nursing care and anesthesia. Further activities include training in midwifery, patient data collection and audit and research. In addition, the Link worked in partnership to reopen the School of Nursing/Midwifery in late 2010 and inauguration of the School occurred in May 2011.

Link Requests

Funding to build a 6 bedded guest house to house visiting trainers. This is estimated to cost £150,000. There is a deficit of approximately £40,000 outstanding. Donations can be given via Funds are also needed to support some of the travel costs although many trainers pay a substantial amount towards the visit and are heavily involved in local fundraising projects.


Basic Medical Training Programme

Members of the Juba Link, working under the umbrella of the Wessex Consortium and with senior doctors in Juba, are setting up a basic medical training programme which is hoped will start in April 2013.  Much work has gone into writing the curriculum and discussing with the local doctors in Juba exactly what they want from this programme.  It is designed as a 2 year training to include Medicine, Surgery, Paediatrics and Obs  & Gynae.  Hopefully modules in Mental Health and Anaesthesia will follow.  Once up and running the programme will need senior trainers to go and teach for 2 to 3 weeks at a time within the specialties concerned.  Unfortunately for the time being these trainers will have to self fund their travel and associated expenses although accommodation will be provided free of charge.

The Link has a new logo which is very much easier to reproduce but came about as the Government of South Sudan no longer wished for their national flag to appear on any official documents.


The Link also has a new website -   This enables us to be able to update the website ourselves rather than rely upon our previous host.


Contact Details

Mr Tim Walsh

Roud Cottage
Roud Lane
Roud, Nr Ventnor
PO38 3LH

Tel: 07970939660








Dr Thuou Loi Cingoth
Asst Director General for Curative Services

Ministry of Health (GOSS)
PO Box Private Bag
South Sudan


Additional Information

Alternative UK contact : Dr Eluzai Hakim, Consultant Physician, St Mary's Hospital, Parkhurst Road, Newport, Isle of Wight PO30 5TG. Tel. 01983 524081.
Email the team at

Patron of the Link is The Baroness Cox of Queensbury