South Sudan

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Country History

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.


  • Population

    11.5 Million

  • age

    Median Age
    16.8 Years

  • life

    Internally Displaced Persons
    1.5 Million

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    Fertility Rate
    5.43 children per mother

  • Infant Mortality Rate

    Infant Mortality Rate
    68.16 deaths/1000 live births


  • Family and Community Health

  • Women's and Children's Health

  • Nutrition

  • Health Services Support

  • Mental Health and Psychosocial Support

Famine in South Sudan

Go behind the scenes as 60 Minutes reports from an International Medical Corps stabilization center in South Sudan, where doctors are fighting to save lives during a brutal famine.

Gift From God:
A new life born amidst war



Primary & Secondary Health Care

International Medical Corps works in 77 health facilities across five states in South Sudan, making medical care available for tens of thousands of people. This includes secondary health care for beneficiaries in multiple states in South Sudan. Currently, we support Akobo County Hospital, which is located in a volatile area near the eastern border with Ethiopia.

Maternal & Child Health

With just over 2,000 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births, South Sudan has one of the highest maternal mortality rate in the world. Due in part to the high fertility rate, each mother has a one in seven chance of dying in childbirth during her lifetime. Babies are at even greater risk—25% die from common, often preventable childhood illnesses before they reach their fifth birthday. The high impact services that International Medical Corps implements in primary health clinics in South Sudan focus on improving the health of women and their children. Several of our primary and secondary health facilities also provide Emergency Obstetric Care, ensuring care for women experiencing complications during delivery.


In some of the areas in South Sudan where International Medical Corps works, more than one-third of children under five are affected by chronic or acute malnutrition, which can cause moderate or severe stunting. International Medical Corps is implementing a Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) project and is collaborating with our partners to provide additional support for inpatients and caretakers at health facilities. This includes providing in-patient, 24-hour care for severely malnourished children with medical complications at our health facility in the Juba PoC.

Medical Training

With support from our partners and donors, International Medical Corps established and continues to support the National Health Training Institute (NHTI) in Kajo-Keji, Health Science Institute in Wau, and the Juba College of Nursing and Midwifery. In order to increase the number of mid-level health professionals, the schools offered training programs for students in community midwifery.

Mental Health and Psychosocial Support

International Medical Corps is providing access to psychosocial interventions and medications to people with mental, neurological and substance use problems in the PoCs.


International Medical Corps trains a range of service providers in guiding principles of gender-based violence (GBV) prevention and response, as well as key actions to take to mitigate risks of women and girls in emergency settings. International Medical Corps has established two centers to act as safe spaces for women and girls to share and receive information as well as build support networks.


South Sudan Capabilities Statement

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Nutrition & Food Security in South Sudan

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