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South Sudan

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Map of South Sudan Map of South Sudan

South Sudan flagCountry Profile

Capital: Juba

Language: English

Population: 12 million

Plan International has worked in South Sudan, including before its independence, since 2006 - helping children living in poverty to access their rights to education, health, protection and economic security.

We work with more than 20,000 children - mainly in Juba, Lainya and Yei counties in Central Equatoria - to bring lasting improvements in a country that has emerged from decades of civil war. Plan International promotes child rights to ensure that children, families and communities actively participate in their own development - from identifying problems to implementing solutions.

Our emergency teams are on the ground helping thousands of children and families who were forced to flee outbreaks of violence in South Sudan.

Mother holding her young child
Teenage girl standing in front of blue and white wall
Boy wearing a purple shirt smiling

Plan international's core areas of activity include:

Economic security
Economic security
Child protection
Child protection

3 reasons why your support is so important:

  • Girls are twice as likely to die in pregnancy or childbirth as they are to finish primary school.
  • Many children die of preventable diseases like diarrhea and only 17% are fully vaccinated.
  • Girls are vulnerable to child marriage and female genital mutilation.

How your support is helping South Sudan:

  • Raising awareness of child protection in communities to ensure the rights of children are addressed, and increasing the capacity to engage in protection issues across the country.
  • Increasing access to basic education for all children by supporting the construction and renovation of schools, training teachers, and raising awareness in communities to increase enrolment rates and enhance ownership of schools.
  • Enabling girl’s access to the education and skills necessary to succeed in life and to prevent child marriage.
  • Helping families raise their household income by increasing access to financial services and enabling young people and women in communities to gain employment and start their own businesses.
  • Providing technical and vocational training opportunities to young people, like auto mechanics, electrical installation and tailoring, so they receive the knowledge and skills needed to create a brighter future.

Country Comparison

South Sudan
People living in poverty 51% 9%
Mortality of children under 5 99 deaths /1000 births 5 deaths /1000 births
Life expectancy 55 years 81 years

(World Bank, CIA World Factbook, World Health Organization)

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