South Sudan is the world's newest and most fragile state, with the highest rates of maternal mortality on earth
South Sudan has a population of over 12 million. Only 12% of women and 11% of men are formally employed with 51% of the population living below the national poverty line on less than $1US per day.
South Sudan is the world’s newest country, having only gained independence from Sudan in 2011. Already in a desperate condition following years of instability, a recent civil war started in 2013 has only worsened the situation, making it the world’s most fragile state.
The country subsequently has the highest rates of maternal mortality in the world. With 2,054 maternal deaths per 100,000 deliveries, 1 in 7 women will die due to birth related medical needs in South Sudan. In fact, a 15-year- old girls in South Sudan stands more chance of dying during pregnancy than completing school education.
Despite these desperate conditions the population is full of humble, courageous people with a genuine hope for change. This hope has been increased due to a recent peace deal. HHA took its first trip to South Sudan in May 2016 and is actively developing its strategy to start implementing projects as soon as possible. This will include starting Community Based Rehabilitation programmes for persons with disabilities and supporting the Ministry of Health’s vision to improve health outcomes through humanitiarian and development work.