South Sudan

South Sudan Children

Child Hunger and Famine Relief Fund

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Famine has now been declared in parts of South Sudan. Children are already dying at an alarming rate, and more than 1 million girls and boys are on the brink of starvation.

A lethal combination of conflict and mass displacement has created a critical food shortage across the nation, and three years of brutal war have left a population with no way to cope. The situation is made even worse by the spread of cholera and major economic collapse.

Save the Children is on the ground, doing whatever it takes to provide lifesaving support to children most at risk. But we can’t do it alone.

“There is still time to save countless lives,” says Country Director Pete Walsh, “but only if we act now.” Please help save South Sudan’s starving children.

Read our latest Factsheet

About South Sudan

Children in the world’s youngest nation are enduring a deepening crisis. Since the outbreak of fighting in December 2013, humanitarian needs in South Sudan have escalated to alarming levels.


Facts About
South Sudan

More than 12 Million
live there

Girls only stay in school an average of 6 years

99 out of 1000 children die
before their 5th birthday

A parent earns an average
of just $2 a day

Our Work

As health is the first step towards recovery, Save the Children manages 61 primary health care facilities with local partners. Our centers treat children with diarrhea, malaria and respiratory infections – which untreated can be life-threatening. Maternal health is supported through prenatal care, labor and delivery services and postnatal care services. We also offer preventive and public health programs including immunizations, education, hygiene and sanitation.

Our Work in
South Sudan

Last Year, Save the Children...

protected 17,047
from harm

supported 87,810
in times of crisis

provided 174,240 children
with a healthy start in life

helped 24,448 families
feed their children

gave 29,804 children
vital nourishment

Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s 2014 State of the World’s Mothers report. You can access detailed data here.

Other sources as follows: Population and Life Expectancy: CIA World Factbook 2014; Human Development Rank: United Nations Development Programe 2014; Underweight Children: World Health Organization Report 2014

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