UNFPA assisting a mother and her baby after a safe delivery in a civilian protection camp in Juba. Photo credit: UNFPA
In December 2013, violence broke out in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, and spread rapidly across the country. The conflict has displaced more than 900,000 people so far, and it is estimated that 4.9 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance. Nearly 300,000 people have sought refuge in neighbouring countries, in Uganda, Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya.
South Sudan has one of the highest maternal death ratios in the world—2,054 deaths for every 100,000 live births. Pregnant women, who are cut off from basic services and healthcare, are therefore particularly vulnerable in this conflict situation. UNFPA and partners are providing life-saving reproductive health services to populations affected by the crisis, while also setting up mechanisms to prevent and address gender-based violence.