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Feature Save the Children BMJ Christmas Appeal

Why Southern Sudan needs your help

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 19 January 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d176
  1. Peter Moszynski, freelance journalist
  1. 1Juba and London
  1. globewisecom{at}

Readers of the BMJ have so far raised £5318 in our Christmas appeal to raise funds for Save the Children health projects. You still have just over a week to donate to the appeal, which aims to help children and mothers from some of the world’s poorest regions. The money raised is to be invested in projects in areas such as Sudan, which has some of the world’s worst health indicators. Peter Moszynski, who has just returned from the region, reports

If (or more likely, when) Southern Sudan becomes the world’s newest country, depending on the results of the independence referendum, it will have some of the world’s worst health indicators. According to Save the Children, which is one of the main international agencies working to rebuild the region’s shattered health services, one in seven children die before their 5th birthday and less than 2% complete primary school.1

Anthony Lodiong, Save the Children’s communications officer in Southern Sudan, says the region was “the scene of Africa’s longest running civil war, which took the lives of an estimated two million people and forced four million more from their homes. The wreckage of war has been exacerbated by natural disasters, civil and …

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