Southern Sudan by the numbers

The Sudan Advocacy Action Forum provides the following information about South Sudan:

Poverty: 50.6% of the population live on less than $1.00 US a day. Poverty is highest in Northern Bahr el-Ghazal state with 75.6% of the population living below the poverty line.

Maternal Mortality: One out of seven women who become pregnant will probably die from pregnancy-related causes. 40.6% of mothers do not receive any prenatal care.

Child Mortality: One out of every 7 children will die before his or her fifth birthday.

Immunization: Only about 10% of children are fully vaccinated. Only 28% of children receive measles vaccination before their first birthday.

Malaria: Malaria is considered hyper-endemic in Southern Sudan, accounting for more than 40% of all health facility visits. 80% of households do not have treated bed nets.

HIV/AIDS: More than 70% of women aged 15-49 have no knowledge about HIV prevention.

Water and Sanitation: More than 50% of the population do not have access to improved drinking water. Only 6.4% have access to improved sanitation facilities.

Primary Education: Less than 50% of all children receive 5 years of primary school education. For every 1,000 primary school students there is only one teacher. 85% of adults do not know how to read or write.

Gender: 92% of women cannot read or write. Only 27% of girls are attending primary school.

Displacement: In 2010, approximately 215,000 people have been newly displaced by inter-ethnic or armed conflicts in Southern Sudan. In 2009, the figure was 391,400 – more than double the number for 2008 which stood at 187,000.

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