• Nearly 900,000 people have been impacted by flooding in areas of South Sudan where extreme levels of malnutrition have already put children in grave danger.
• Now, with hundreds of thousands of displaced families taking shelter in makeshift settlements across the country, concerns for their health and safe future are growing by the day.
• Save the Children's emergency response teams are on the ground to support the critical needs of children, including emergency shelter, safe drinking water and health care.
• With more rain predicted in the coming weeks, your urgent support it needed today. A donation to our Children's Emergency Fund will help children in South Sudan and around the world survive in times of crisis. Please donate.
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.
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.*
- 16% of girls 15 and older are literate
- 67% of school-age children are out of school
91 out of 1000 children die
before their 5th birthday
- 66% of people live in poverty
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 50,677 children from harm
- Supported 577,379 children in times of crisis
- Provided 770,013 children with a healthy start in life
- Supported 61,397 parents to provide for their children’s basic needs
- Gave 466,579 children vital nourishment
How to Help Children in South Sudan
Support Save the Children’s mission. Donate to help children in South Sudan, and around the world, survive and thrive.
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Sources: * Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s 2018 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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