South Sudan

South Sudan Children

About South Sudan

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 fear.

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Facts About
South Sudan

More than 12 Million
live there

The average girl stays in
school only until she's 6

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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