Health in South Sudan

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South Sudan is acknowledged to have some of the worst health indicators in the world.[1][2][3]

Health situation[edit]

The under-five infant mortality rate is 135.3 per 1,000, whilst maternal mortality is the highest in the world at 2,053.90 per 100,000 live births.[3] In 2004, there were only three surgeons serving southern Sudan, with three proper hospitals, and in some areas there was just one doctor for every 500,000 people.[1]

Health care system[edit]

South Sudan has a health system structured with three tiers; Primary Health Care Units (PHCU), Primary Health Care Centers (PHCC) and Hospitals (which exist as either state, county, police or military).[4] The best hospital in the country is Juba Teaching Hospital in Juba.

2014 Famine[edit]

In October 2014 Reuters reported Oxfam were warning '2.2 million people currently faced starvation' .[5]


  1. ^ a b Ross, Emma (28 January 2004). Southern Sudan has unique combination of worst diseases in the world. Sudan Tribune.
  2. ^ Moszynski, Peter (23 July 2005). Conference plans rebuilding of South Sudan's health service. BMJ.
  3. ^ a b "South Sudan Household Survey" (PDF). South Sudan Medical Journal. December 2007. 
  4. ^ "Health system". Gurtong. Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
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