grants from agencies. We continue to struggle to raise
sufficient funds to sustain and grow FDSS.
How many physicians has FDSS trained?
At present, we are providing financial support for 11
South Sudanese students to attend medical school.
We will have our first medical school graduate, a
postgraduate student named Ruot, in 2017. We also
have a list of more than 20 exceptionally qualified
applicants from South Sudan who desire to become
doctors through FDSS.
What educational resources does FDSS use?
We provide our students with tablet computers loaded
with medical textbooks and online reference resources.
When our students graduate, we intend to support their
postgraduate training, and, at that time, we hope to
facilitate access to all of the educational resources that
the American College of Surgeons offers.
Where do you see the health care situation in
South Sudan heading in the future?
The greatest need in South Sudan is to have a vision and
plan for a modern health care system. FDSS has been
working closely with South Sudanese physician leaders
and with the Ministry of Health to plan for develop-
ment of a tertiary teaching hospital and medical school.
We are prepared to begin implementation as soon as
the political turmoil in South Sudan allows progress.
The first priority must be to develop the hospital and
medical school within the country. This facility will
serve as a model for high-quality and safe medical care
and as a home for medical, nursing, and other profes-
sional training and education. A national health care
system must also be planned, which will include the
development of universal access to care, including pre-
hospital care and transportation. There will be a great
opportunity to develop this system using modern tech-
nology, such as telecommunication, to provide national
connectivity and integration.
Is FDSS working with any Republic of South Sudan
government agencies to achieve this goal?
FDSS has worked with leaders in the Ministry of
Health, medical education leaders, and physician leaders in South Sudan. While at present there is insufficient
political stability or resources to implement our plans,
we are well-positioned to work together with South
Sudanese leaders when the political situation allows
progress to occur.
What advice would you give other health care
providers who want to work in South Sudan spe-
Clearly, expatriate health care providers can play an
important role in South Sudan. However, the greater
need is to help develop a sustainable health care system,
beginning with educating South Sudanese physicians
and other health care professionals. So my advice is to
work with groups that make medical education and
infrastructure development a priority. Such groups
prioritize development of high-quality facilities and
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