Agencies warn of looming health catastrophe in South Sudan

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 11 February 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1480
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. 1London

The world’s newest nation is facing a huge health crisis due to a renewed conflict that has displaced nearly a million people, disrupted aid programmes, and left more than 80 000 people sheltering in United Nations peacekeeping bases, after a wave of intercommunal violence that began last December.

At its independence in July 2011, South Sudan had some of the world’s worst health indicators, including high maternal and infant mortality, poor childhood vaccination rates, and high female illiteracy.1

A massive aid programme resulted in a gradual improvement in conditions, but agencies fear that this will now be reversed.

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