Critical diagnosis: The case for placing South Sudan’s healthcare system at the heart of the humanitarian response

This report argues that strengthening local health systems should be a key focus of humanitarian health responses – bringing together humanitarian actors and local health workers to save lives in the short-term emergency response, and helping to build resilience and improve local health care provision in the longer term.

The report outlines alarming health statistics in South Sudan, where roughly 37 hospitals serve an estimated population of 11 million. It argues that combining emergency and development assistance through simple measures such as integrating nutrition programming, doing more community outreach, empowering village health committees, and tailoring health care so it suits the unique situation of each location, will make for a stronger health system.

  • Countries: South Sudan
  • Published: December 2014

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