Read more about our Emergency Response in South Sudan
International Medical Corps has been working in South Sudan since the mid-1990s, nearly 20 years before a national referendum in 2011 led the southern-most states of Sudan becoming an independent South Sudan later that same year. Tensions within the new country broke into armed conflict in December 2013. Some three million people have been driven from their homes as a result of the war. More than 1.8 million are displaced inside South Sudan, hundreds of thousands of whom have sought refuge on UN peacekeeping bases known as protection of civilian (PoC) sites.
Hostility continues to simmer, hampering efforts to improve public health standards in a country that has one of the world’s highest maternal and infant mortality rates. Potential for disease is extremely high, with large numbers of displaced people and sharply reduced access to health care. The war has also had a tremendous impact on people’s ability to feed themselves, as violence across the country has prevented many families from planting their crops and triggered economic collapse. An estimated 4.8 million people were facing severe food insecurity in July 2016—tragically, this is only expected to rise in 2017.
International Medical Corps currently operates in five of the country’s 10 states, providing health care, psychological support, nutrition services, and gender-based violence prevention and support to hundreds of thousands of people in South Sudan. This includes working in 77 health facilities and in some of the most volatile parts of the country. In 2016, we reached more than 684,000 people—more than 35 percent of them children under five years old.