Help Save Children in 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. In 2017, the worst drought in decades has brought South Sudan to the brink of famine. Half of the population — many of them children — face emergency levels of hunger, and more than a million risk starvation.

EMERGENCY ALERT

Children in Africa are facing extreme hunger and a devastating food crisis. South Sudan is one step away from famine. 1.7 million people are currently facing emergency levels of hunger. Conflict and the worst drought in 70 years has left 20 million people in the region in urgent need. Save the Children in South Sudan is the lead health and nutrition provider in six of 10 states. We run 45 health centers and 58 feeding program sites for infants and young children. You can help children in South Sudan and throughout drought-ravaged Africa.

The Challenges for Children in South Sudan

On the brink of famine and facing conflict, disease and extreme poverty, children in South Sudan need your help.*

  • Only 19% of girls 15 and older are literate
  • 67% of school-age children are out of school
  • 93 out of 1000 children die
    before their 5th birthday
  • 51% of people live in poverty
Map of South Sudan

Our Work for Children in South Sudan

Save the Children worked in South Sudan prior to its independence in 2011 and we remain on the front line of the international relief effort. We are the lead health and nutrition provider in six of 10 states in South Sudan. We run 61 primary health-care facilities with local partners, 45 outpatient therapeutic centers and 58 feeding program sites for infants and young children suffering from malnutrition. Our centers treat children with diarrhea, malaria and respiratory infections, which 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. We guard children and their families against communicable diseases and increase access to lifesaving drugs, protect children from harm and provide access to education. As cholera spreads, we are also opening cholera treatment units to save lives.

  • Protected 35,137 children from harm
  • Supported 87,450 children in times of crisis
  • Provided 285,520 children with a healthy start in life
  • Helped 12,800 families feed their children
  • Gave 99,844 children vital nourishment

How to Help Children in South Sudan

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Sources: * Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s 2017 End of Childhood Report. You can access detailed data here. Other sources as follows: Population: CIA World Factbook 2015; The World Bank, 2016; Unesco Institute for Statistics (UIS)

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