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South SudanSouth Sudan

Since gaining independence from colonial rule in 1956, the people of South Sudan have been victim to nearly constant violence and political unrest, experiencing only short intervals of peace for nearly half a century. Throughout the First and Second Sudanese Civil Wars, an estimated 2.5 million South Sudanese lost their lives and over 4 million others were displaced.

The North/South war formally ended with the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in 2005, and in a referendum which took place in January of 2011 over 99% of the South Sudanese population voted for independence from the government in Khartoum.

On July 9, 2011, South Sudan became internationally recognized at the world’s 193rd nation.

While leaders of the new South Sudan know that road towards development will not be without challenges, the people are optimistic for their future of their country.

Mother and Child in South Sudan

 

Healthcare Challenges in South Sudan

The Sudanese Civil War left the people of South Sudan with a virtually non-existent healthcare system.

South Sudan is home to 10 million people, but its hospitals are few, poorly dispersed, and understaffed. Less than 30 percent of the population has access to healthcare services. Many people live in rural communities and must walk for days to reach the nearest medical facility, with no guarantee of receiving treatment once they get there.

African Women and Children in South Sudan

With one in seven mothers dying during childbirth and one in four babies dying before the age of one, South Sudan has the highest maternal mortality rate and one of the highest infant mortality rates in the world. South Sudan also maintains one of the lowest immunization rates among women and children. Recent studies show that a 15-year-old girl born in South Sudan has a higher chance of dying during childbirth than of completing school.

Many South Sudanese people spent most of their lives in refugee camps during the war and are unfamiliar with basic health and sanitation practices. As a result, a startling percentage of the population dies from preventable diseases. MHI works to provide quality health education training to the people of South Sudan in an effort to help minimize health challenges.

 

 

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