According to “South Sudan: The biggest threat to a woman’s life,” the South Sudan has the worst reported maternal mortality rate in the world. Why? Childbirth and pregnancy, rather than conflict, are the nation’s biggest killers of girls and women.
“One in seven South Sudanese women will die in pregnancy or childbirth, often because of infections (from puerperal fever and retained placenta), haemorrhaging, or obstructed births, with a lack of access to healthcare facilities playing a large role in their deaths,” Small Arms Survey (SAS) found.
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Illustration credit: Public health in disarray in South Sudan.
Posted by: Laurel Delaney