South Sudan

Why does South Sudan need aid?

The Republic of South Sudan gained independence from Sudan on 9 July 2011 with the outcome of a 2005 peace deal that ended Africa's longest-running civil war. However, despite having a fresh start, the country now faces some big challenges. During the years of civil war, many health facilities were destroyed and thousands of medical personel fled, leaving South Sudanese citizens with extremely limited access to health care. South Sudan has some of the worst health care indicators in the world, with maternal and under-5s mortality rates being amount the world's highest. 

How Merlin is helping

  • We support hospitals and primary health care facilities, providing vital health care to isolated and vulnerable people.
  • We are building latrines and installing reliable water supplies at Merlin supported hospitals.
  • We're treating those displaced by inter-tribal conflict for diseases such as malaria and diarrhoea.
  • We support comprehensive HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment programs in South Sudan.
  • Merlin recently began implementing a Safe Motherhood Initiative to improve services for pregnant women and help reduce the number of women dying during pregnancy and childbirth.
  • We're promoting healthy nutrition via educational events, screening children for malnutrition and distributing high energy, nutrient rich food substitutes.
  • Our mobile teams conduct blood screening sessions in remote areas to help identify and treat those with sleeping sickness, malaria and blood-borne diseases.
  • We're working with the Ministry of Health to help re-build South Sudan's health infrastructure.


Maternal and infant mortality

South Sudan has some of the highest maternal and infant mortality rates in the world due to lack of basic health care. Merlin is working to change this by working with the South Sudan Ministry of Health to increase the number trained doctors, nurses and midwives in the country.

How you can help

When you make a donation to Merlin, you’ll be helping some of the poorest people on earth get the vital medical care they need to survive, and the services they need to thrive.

We will be there for the long haul, delivering medical expertise in one of the world’s toughest places. Please donate now to make a difference and save lives.