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Just How Bad is Sudan’s Health Situation?

Mike Lee

Mike Lee, a native of Chicago, graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a degree in Creative Writing. At LMU, Mike developed international and domestic volunteer trips and served as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Student Veterans Organization. Mike’s professional background is in advertising and marketing, and has experience in executing large print and digital campaigns for non-profit and tourism clients. He lives in Los Angeles where he thinks a lot about dogs, bourbon, and the Chicago Bears.

From the WHO’s Country Cooperation Strategy for WHO and Sudan 2008-2013


A mother giving birth today …

  • has a 3% chance of dying in labor
  • has a 10.2% chance that her child will not survive
A child born in South Sudan today…
  • has a 25% chance of dying before the age of 5
  • has only a 25% chance of living to the age of 65
  • has only a 59% chance of being vaccinated against polio
  • has a life expectancy of 42 years
  • will face tuberculosis, malaria and diarrheal diseases at alarming rates
In a country of just over 40 million people…
  • there are 5.5 million cases of malaria reported each year
  • there is a 2.6% HIV/AIDS rate (3.4% in the south)
  • only 58% of births are recorded, and there is no death registration
  • in the rural areas, the ratio of doctors to general population is 1 to every 200,000
  • healthcare constitutes only 1.5% of GDP, and 4.8% of the government budget
  • the per capita income is $700, with the average citizen paying $20 annually for care