The Republic of South Sudan is the world’s newest country, having gained its independence from Sudan in 2011.

The ongoing civil war that began in December 2013 is estimated to have taken the lives of over 10,000 South Sudanese and displaced more than one million people.

The Canadian Association of Midwives is supporting the development of midwifery in South Sudan. Canadian midwives have visited South Sudan to provide mentoring to recent midwifery graduates, support development and adaptation of education curricula, and foster association strengthening.

South Sudan statistics

12 million, approximately 90% rural
Pregnancies per year:
Approximately 600,000
Infant mortality rate:
84 per 1,000 live births
Maternal mortality rate:
2054 per 100,000 live births. Leading cause of death for girls aged 15–19.
Literacy rate:
Only 11.8% of women and 36.8% of men aged 15–49 can read and write.
Needs met by midwives:
The State of the World’s Midwifery Report 2014 estimated that the country’s midwives currently meet only 6% of the country’s needs for maternal and infant care.
Life expectancy:
55 years
Fertility rate:

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