South Sudan is one of the world's least developed countries. It has the worst maternal mortality rate with the under-five infant mortality rate is 112 per 1,000, whilst maternal mortality is the highest in the world at 2,053.9 per 100,000 live births. 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.
The epidemiology of HIV/AIDS in the South Sudan is poorly documented but the prevalence is thought to be around 3.1%.
- Half the population does not have access to safe drinking water and it is estimated that only one person in five uses a health-care facility in their lifetime.
- A 15-year-old girl living in South Sudan has a higher chance of dying in childbirth than completing school.
|September 28, 2011: Vice President of South Sudan Dr. Riek Machar Teny addresses a meeting of stakeholders at a three day workshop on the launch of HIV/AIDS strategic framework.
|August 19, 2011: Health: A health center that provides health services, health education and training in hygiene promotion in Haforiere and the surrounding communities of Kiyalla, Tirrangore and Mara built by African Union Liaison Office in Juba in association with South Sudan Reconstruction and Development Fund (SSRDF) was handed to the Haforiere village, Torit County, Eastern Equatoria State.
|July 29, 2011: Joint Aid Management (JAM), a registered nonprofit, humanitarian relief and development organisation which carried out drilling drinking water wells in South Africa, Mozambique and Angola said it is planning to drink wells in South Sudan in the next two years, according to JAM water services VP Barry McNamara, telling Engineering News.