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Making childbirth safer in South Sudan
9 November 2017 – Complications during pregnancy and childbirth are a leading cause of death among women in South Sudan, which has the fifth highest maternal mortality rate in the world. UNICEF and partners are providing maternal medical kits to health...

Community health teams battle deadly diseases
7 November 2017 – “That child could have been dead by morning,” UNICEF Health Officer Christopher Otti Ajumara tells me. “If we hadn’t come here today, he could have died.” We are in Ajuong Thok in northern South Sudan, having just visited the home of...

Second chances with secondary education in South Sudan
31 October 2017 – More than 70 per cent of children in South Sudan are not receiving an education – the highest proportion in the world. Since the civil conflict began in 2013, nearly a third of all schools have closed as a result of the fighting.

Midwifery kits reduce child birth risks in South Sudan
24 October 2017 – Complications during pregnancy and childbirth are a leading cause of death among women in South Sudan. With 789 maternal deaths per 100,000 births, the country has the fifth highest maternal mortality rate in the world.

Community health care targets deadly childhood diseases
24 October 2017 – “That child could have been dead by morning,” UNICEF health officer Christopher Otti Ajumara tells me. “If we hadn’t come here today, he could have died.” We are in Ajuong Thok in northern South Sudan, having just visited the home of...

New school, new future in South Sudan
3 October 2017 – In South Sudan, an estimated 2 million children of primary school age are out of school due to the ongoing violence across the country. The conflict has also forced one fourth of schools to shut down. UNICEF is working with partners to...

Malaria education making a difference
28 September 2017 – Malaria is endemic in South Sudan and some 50 children under five die from the illness every week. Across the country, UNICEF and partners are working to prevent and treat malaria. Child Health Days, recently held in the town of Wau...

Education will bring a better day for me
16 September 2017 – I will always remember that night in December 2013. My family had had dinner and spent some time discussing the events of the day before heading to bed. About 30 minutes later, I heard gunshots. I thought they were the usual...

Children of the second-city
4 September 2017 – As South Sudan marks its sixth anniversary of independence, violence in the world’s youngest country continues to force millions to flee for their lives. Many have escaped to neighboring countries as refugees, but more than 200,000...

Water: a precious resource
26 August 2017 – The supply of safe drinking water in South Sudan has been severely disrupted by the conflict, as water points have been damaged or fallen into disrepair. Unsafe water puts people, especially children, at increased risk of waterborne...

Mobilizing communities to fight a severe cholera outbreak in South Sudan
15 August 2017 – South Sudan is in the middle of the most severe and protracted cholera outbreak in its history. Since the outbreak began in June 2016, a total of 17,242 cases and 320 deaths have been reported. In 2017 alone there have been 13,880...

Battling malnutrition with little packs of peanut paste
10 August 2017 – In South Sudan, UNICEF and partners are working to treat rising levels of severe malnutrition among children brought on by years of conflict and instability. More than one million children in the country are estimated to be...

Promoting breastfeeding in a time of conflict
28 July 2017 – Food security in South Sudan remains critical. Across the country, over 1.1 million children are estimated to be acutely malnourished this year. Breastfeeding can play a crucial role in sustaining a child’s nutrition, but not enough...

In search of safety: South Sudanese children travel alone to reach refugee camps in Darfur
27 July 2017 – Fourteen-year-old Jonk Tonk Dack, and his brother Lowal, 9, are from Kair, Bahar Arab, South Sudan. The two boys recently fled their hometown alone, escaping both hunger and fighting. They were headed for Kario camp in East Darfur.

Restored water treatment plant gives Bentiu Town new hope
7 July 2017 – In South Sudan, water supply and hygiene services have been deeply affected by the ongoing conflict. It’s estimated just under half of the population has access to safe water. But a newly restored treatment plant is already improving the liv

Hunger spreading across South Sudan even in parts unaffected by war
19 May 2017 – After more than three years of war there is a growing food crisis in a region of South Sudan once famous for its farms, agriculture and abundance of food. But this tragic irony, and the complexities of how to respond, is a similar story...

Simple suckling technique for new mothers to overcome trauma of war
11 May 2017 – The horrors and tragedies of war puts enormous strain on the body psychologically, especially for young mothers. Mary Deyia, 28, found herself pregnant and alone when fighting began in Yei, a previously peaceful town...

Looted Bentiu hospital continues offering hope for those who remain behind
10 May 2017 – The rusting remains of burnt out cars and even an old tank on the way to Bentiu town tells the story of fierce fighting that has forced at least 120,000 South Sudanese to seek shelter in the nearby United Nations protection of civilians...

Speaking out against gender-based violence
10 May 2017 – Violence against women is a human rights violation. And yet, one in three women around the world experience violence in their lifetime, often inflicted by someone they know, love and trust. To coincide with the 16 days of activism against...

Keeping women safe in displacement camps
4 May 2017 – As we walk through the maze of tents that make up the Protection of Civilians (PoC) site in Bor, South Sudan, a group of children come bounding around the corner and come to a stop in front of us. Sarah, my guide in the camp, immediately...

Famine crisis – time is running out
28 March 2017 – Famine is looming in north-east Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, Yemen and beyond, as nearly 1.4 million children are at imminent risk of death from severe acute malnutrition this year. Some 22 million children are hungry, sick...

5 things to know about children and famine
27 March 2017 – Famine has already been declared South Sudan and is looming in other countries. Children are suffering from malnutrition and disease and need our help.

Tom Hiddleston on the famine in South Sudan
24 March 2017 – Right now, across east Africa, millions of children and their families are facing starvation as a result of civil war, drought and lack of food. In South Sudan, famine has already been declared in parts of the country – the first time...

Families struggle for clean water In Juba
22 March 2017 – South Sudan is a country in crisis –violence has displaced millions of people; a food crisis has left parts of the country in famine; and a deteriorating economy has left many families with no means to support themselves.

Averting famine and saving lives in South Sudan
21 March 2017 – As starvation and food insecurity grip many parts of South Sudan, UNICEF is working with partners to provide a range of nutrition services. Hear the story of a mother and her daughter who received life-saving treatment at an outpatient...

Famine just the latest danger to South Sudanese children
15 March 2017 – It’s now almost a month since famine was declared in parts of South Sudan. For children in the world’s youngest country, the worsening food crisis comes at a time when they already face countless challenges on a daily basis.

Nyankena’s story: Fighting malnutrition and hoping for a peaceful future
13 March 2017 – In South Sudan, ongoing insecurity and an economic crisis have created widespread food insecurity, with malnutrition among children reaching emergency levels in most parts of the country. Hear one woman’s story of finding treatment for...

 

 
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