South Sudan

More than four years into the conflict, the situation in South Sudan is worsening. The 2017 Humanitarian Response Plan estimates that 7.5 million people, 63% of the population, are in need of humanitarian assistance. The protracted crisis has already resulted in forced internal displacement of 2 million people and almost 2 million South Sudanese refugees in neighbouring countries (up from 1.4 million at the beginning of 2017).

South Sudan has among the highest maternal mortality rate in the world, with 2,054 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births. Only 40.2% of women in South Sudan receive antenatal care (ANC) by skilled health personnel and only 17% of women have the recommended four ANC visits. Teenage pregnancy is common with 40.8% of girls married before their 18th birthday.

CCM presence in South Sudan dates back to 1983. Its action focuses on supporting the local health system through the strengthening of health care facilities both at primary (centers and units) and secondary level (hospitals); through the technical assistance provided to the county health departments, the training of the local staff and the supply of equipment and medicines; through the community-based activities on health education and promotion.

Nutrition interventions are implemented following Ministry of Health protocols and guidelines on Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM, 2016). Priority is given to nutrition programmes addressing severe acute malnutrition and cases with medical complications both in health facilities and in communities and among groups where these threats are greatest (women and children, particularly).

Primary Health Care


Maternal and Infant Mortality

Access to Water

Comitato Collaborazione Medica CCM is a NGO committed to promote the right to health and ensure access to essential health care in Africa and in Italy. For 50 years, we have been building upon the skills of local health workers to ensure the provision of quality care to the most vulnerable communities. 

Smiles of African Mothers is CCM’s Campaign 


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