The United Nations humanitarian office in South Sudan's capital, Juba, says that 1 in 7 women who become pregnant 'will probably die from pregnancy-related causes.'
Gogrial, South Sudan
South Sudan faces a daunting to-do list as it prepares to become the world's newest nation in July after last month's historic vote to secede from its longtime enemy to the north. A government must be formed, roads must be built, schools must be started. And somewhere near the top of the list of demands from people in this long-neglected region is better health-care services.
“There are huge expectations for service delivery here,” says Susan Fine, who heads the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) programs in Southern Sudan. “People expect to see very rapid change.”
South Sudan has one of world's worst maternal mortality rates. The United Nations humanitarian office in South Sudan's capital, Juba, says that 1 in 7 women who become pregnant “will probably die from pregnancy-related causes.”