South Sudan

South Sudan is one of the most dangerous places on earth to be born. 4,900 babies did not survive their first – and only – day of life in 2012, while 14,000 babies died within 28 days of being born. With your help, we're determined to changing this appalling situation.



Save the Children provides a wide range of aid programmes in South Sudan and improving healthcare is a key priority. We currently run and support hospitals and health facilities.

One such hospital is Nimule Hospital. It's the largest health facility in Eastern Equatoria State - a region which has more than 900,000 people and is almost the size of Scotland.

Nimule hospital is run by the Merlin health charity, who have just joined Save the Children. The hospital has seen a huge increase in the number of patients needing its services, especially maternal and child healthcare.

Its 174 beds are always full and doctors and nurses there see more than 200 patients, including delivering around 10 babies, each day. In 2013 at Nimule hospital there were more than 1,200 deliveries supported by skilled birth attendants.


"It took weeks to come here. I thought I would lose my baby.  But villagers told me to come here, to this hospital, when I started to feel the pain in my belly.

It was not an easy birth. There were complications, because my baby had not turned properly in my womb. Her legs were coming out first.

It was terrifying, but I had doctors and midwives around me to help me. They helped the baby turn and it was a safe, normal birth in the end, although very painful.  

I do not know what would have happened if this hospital had not been here. I thank god for this hospital, and for the doctors and nurses, and everyone that has helped me."


Please donate to save lives by helping to train more midwives and by giving them tools and medicines.

You can also take action to urge the Prime Minister to push his world fellow leaders to priortise training and funding more midwives.

Together we can make babies survive their first day and months in South Sudan and around the world.