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South Sudan


The world’s newest country, South Sudan, is a fragile state working to recovery after decades of conflict and civil war. Children in South Sudan face substantial health risks as a result.  This is exacerbated by a rise in conflicts and continued natural disasters.

One in seven South Sudanese children die before their fifth birthday, mainly from preventable diseases like pneumonia, malaria and diarrhoea. Malnutrition is another killer in South Sudan with malnutrition rates exceeding World Health Organization (WHO) emergency thresholds by three times.



What We Do

  • Save the Children works in partnership with the Ministry of Health to train community health workers to assess, classify, and treat/refer sick children with signs of malaria, pneumonia and or diarrhea
  • We train local Ministry of Health partners to support, supply, and supervise community health workers We educate families to adopt healthy behaviours, recognize signs of illness and seek care promptly
  • Our health training program is being implemented in eleven counties across five states
  • We’re reaching 650,000 individuals, including almost 120,000 children under the age of five with health care
  • We’ve implemented nutrition programming in Nyirol County and Akobo County in Jonglei State
  • We’re scaling-up nutrition programming in Akobo County, Southern Sudan’s most food insecure and conflict-affected region
  • As the sole nutrition provider in the eastern region of Akobo County, Save the Children is providing live-saving relief through the highly effective Integrated Management of Acute Malnutrition (IMAM) approach

In 2010, Save the Children trained 718 community health workers and 44 supervisors and a total of 24,616 cases of malaria and pneumonia were treated. We aim to 6,042 children suffering from severe or moderate malnutrition and 919 pregnant and lactating women through our outpatient feeding programs. Malnourished children with complication will benefit from inpatient care at Stabilization Centres. To reinforce the direct nutrition interventions, we are also implementing hygiene and health education campaigns targeting caregivers.



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