Extreme weather patterns, locust swarms and epidemics have increased the humanitarian need in the country.
Life in South Sudan is tough. Nearly four million people have been displaced due to conflict, and half the population faces food shortages.
There is only one doctor for every 65,000 people, and the people they treat are among the most vulnerable in the world.
There is a rising number of cases of coronavirus in the country, but with only a handful of ventilators for 11 million people – fear is mounting. With a crumbling health system, the country’s best hope is prevention.
In July 2011, South Sudan achieved independence from the Republic of Sudan to become the world’s newest country. It has vast oil reserves, and makes up one of the richest agricultural areas in Africa despite struggling with war and extreme poverty for more than two decades.
Although the world celebrated its independence with great hope, South Sudan remains underdeveloped. It has very little basic infrastructure for education, health systems, safe water, functioning markets, or paved roads. About 80 percent of the population live in rural areas and many rely on livestock and subsistence farming to survive.