One of the reasons for this low life
expectancy in South Sudan is limited access to safe water supplies
with just 27% having safe water, the remaining population in South
Sudan are reliant on small boreholes that are often many miles
away and are infected leading to a high prevalence of children in
particular suffering from water related diseases such as bacterial
and protozoa diarrhoea, hepatitis A and E, and typhoid fever.
This situation is compounded by the
fact that just 15% of the population
in South Sudan has access to adequate
sanitary facilities. All of this
results in around 670,000 children
under the age of five dying from
preventable diseases every year,
three times as many as in the north
of the country.
Educational outcomes are also poor
for children in South Sudan with just
two out of every hundred children
completing their primary education.
In fact South Sudan has the lowest
enrolment of any country in the world
apart from Afghanistan.
85% of the population are unable to
read and write not least because
around 2.5 million children had their
education abandoned due to decades of