Photography: Save the Children: GAVI Alliance: IMG_7334web

The healthcare system in South Sudan is struggling to get on to its feet after the devastating impact of over 20 years of war. The biggest killers of children are malaria, diarrhea and respiratory infections. These preventable diseases are easy to treat but on average, only one in four people are within reach of a health center. Here, mothers and children line up for immunizations from Save the Children EPI outreach officers, during a USAID/MSH-funded Child Health Day in Lomeyien, Kapoeta North County, Eastern Equatoria state. Save the Children’s Child Health Days vaccinate from 300-500 children and pregnant mothers per day in the rural areas, and up to 1,000 total mothers and children receive antenatal care, outpatient nutritional services and health education.

The healthcare system in South Sudan is struggling to get on to its feet after the devastating impact of over 20 years of war. The biggest killers of children are malaria, diarrhea and respiratory infections. These preventable diseases are easy to treat but on average, only one in four people are within reach of a health center. Here, mothers and children line up for immunizations from Save the Children EPI outreach officers, during a USAID/MSH-funded Child Health Day in Lomeyien, Kapoeta North County, Eastern Equatoria state. Save the Children’s Child Health Days vaccinate from 300-500 children and pregnant mothers per day in the rural areas, and up to 1,000 total mothers and children receive antenatal care, outpatient nutritional services and health education.