July 9th marks four years since South Sudan
gained independence. However, celebrations will be marred by the knowledge that
children growing up in the world’s youngest country are enduring a deepening
crisis. Since the outbreak of fighting in December 2013, humanitarian needs in
South Sudan have escalated to alarming levels. In addition to the 1.6 million
people currently displaced inside South Sudan, over 600,000 people have fled to
neighboring countries. More than 4.6 million people have to live in the shadow
of food insecurity, with the possibility that it could escalate into famine.
Many children are now growing up in a world that has only known violence and
Read one man's story of how he used his passion for woodturning to help the children of South Sudan. Learn more.
The average girl stays in
school only until she's 4
104 out of 1000 children die
before their 5th birthday
A parent earns an average
of just $2 a day
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
Last Year, Save the Children...
children from harm
children in times of crisis
provided 50,778 children
with a healthy start in life
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
Save the Children invests in childhood – every day, in times of crisis and for our future. In the United States and around the world, we give children a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm.
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