Why We Work in South Sudan
Since 2013 South Sudan has been racked by civil war. Hundreds of thousands have died in the conflict, and more than a third of South Sudanese have fled their homes. Today, despite a relative period of calm, ceasefire violations, along with epidemic outbreaks and extreme poverty, continue to undermine the country’s stability.
Not surprisingly, South Sudan has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world. A woman has a one-in-28 chance of dying from pregnancy-related causes in her lifetime. For every woman that dies in childbirth, the World Health Organization estimates that 20 more survive with significant injuries, such as obstetric fistula.
Nearly every risk factor for obstetric fistula is prevalent in South Sudan. Early marriage and teenage pregnancy are common, and the fertility rate is high. With limited access to maternal health care services, very few women give birth in the presence of a skilled attendant. Sporadic fistula treatment campaigns in recent years have not kept up with the resulting high rate of obstetric fistula and backlog of existing cases.
Meet Our Partners
We identify local surgical teams in South Sudan already successfully treating women with fistula—and then work to amplify their efforts.
Artemedis South Sudan
- Location: Aweil, Bentiu, Juba, Wau, and Nzara
- Partner Since: 2019
Global Health Ministries
- Location: Juba
- Partner Since: 2017
Health Coordination Department, Catholic Diocese of Wau
- Location: Wau
- Partner Since: 2023
Women and Health Alliance International (WAHA International)
- Location: Juba
- Partner In: 2013 – 2016
Below are funding totals since the start of each partnership.
- Artemedis: $658,520
- Global Health Ministries: $167,660
- Health Coordination Department, Catholic Diocese of Wau: $100,528
Women and Health Alliance International (WAHA International): $567,166