South Sudan

CARE's work in South Sudan

CARE has been operating in the now independent South Sudan since 1993. We currently work in Jonglei, Upper Nile, and Unity states, focusing on water and sanitation, health and livelihoods projects. We have a particular focus on health care provision, working closely with local health staff to ensure they have the skills and knowledge to deliver quality healthcare. We also promote peace-building in order to reduce poverty, by supporting conflict-affected communities to gain better access to basic services, have a say in local development initiatives, and improve livelihoods through village savings and loan groups and vocational training.

Responding to emergencies

Following independence in 2011, South Sudan was already one of the world's poorest nations even before the latest outbreak of fighting in 2013. Its infant and maternal mortality rates are among the highest in the world: one out of every seven children dies before reaching the age of five; one out of seven women will die in childbirth; and more than 20% of the population is undernourished.

The conflict that erupted in South Sudan in December 2013 has resulted in an enormous humanitarian crisis. Upper Nile, Jonglei and Unity are the three states in South Sudan most affected by the crisis and have seen a great majority of the fighting and displacement. Consequently, CARE was well placed to respond to the extraordinary needs brought on by the crisis.

Despite on-going fighting and difficult conditions, CARE helped save thousands of lives by vaccinating children, digging latrines, providing nutrition supplements, delivering antenatal care to new mothers, providing emergency medical assistance, running clean-up campaigns, distributing food and ensuring that people have clean water. With a view to the longer term, we also provided fishing nets and seeds so people could feed themselves and earn a living.

Read more about CARE's emergency response in South Sudan

About CARE

Founded in 1945 to send 'CARE packages' to people recovering from war, we have been fighting poverty in the world’s poorest countries for 75 years.

CARE's impact

We work in 104 countries around the world, saving lives in emergencies and finding long-term solutions to poverty for millions of people every year.

Our aims

We empower women and girls to fulfil their potential – because when one woman is helped out of poverty, she brings her family and community with her.

Your support

Your support is what makes our poverty-fighting work possible. You can trust us to spend our funds wisely and effectively to help people in need.

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