Public health and Covid-19 in South Sudan

Healthcare in South Sudan

Healthcare in South Sudan is slightly below average in a worldwide comparison.

Probably the most important indicator that can be used to summarize the efficiency of all measures is general life expectancy. In other words, the theoretical age that a newborn child could potentially reach today. At the moment, this age in South Sudan is 53.9 years for men and 57.0 years for women. For comparison: worldwide life expectancy is about 16.9 years lower (men: 69.8 / women: 74.9 years).

A total of 22.64 USD per inhabitant is spent annually on health measures at state expense. This corresponds to approximately 6.0 percent of the gross domestic product. Internationally, this amount averages 1,115.01 USD (~ 9.8% of the respective GDP).

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Distribution of the corona virus

Spread of COVID-19 in South Sudan

Since the beginning of the pandemic until January 27th, 2023, a total of 18,368 infected people and 138 deaths have been reported in South Sudan.

The total of 18,368 infected people currently represents 0.16 percent of the total population.

Current vaccination status

According to official WHO data, a total of 2.32 million vaccine doses have been administered as of January 15th, 2023. More recent data are not yet available to WHO. There are 2.27 million people who have received at least one vaccination (20.3 percent).

2.23 million of these are considered fully vaccinated in South Sudan (= 19.9 percent).
This means that South Sudan is one of the countries with the worst vaccination coverage in the world.The vaccination rate is higher in 207 countries.

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, we update the worldwide case numbers daily. A list of all infections and deaths by country can be found on our COVID-19 virus topic page.


South SudanØ worldwide
Diabetes *10.20%8.81%
HIV / Aids0.21%0.03%

* The number of people suffering from diabetes refers only to inhabitants aged between 20 and 79 years.

Child vaccinations

South SudanØ worldwide
Hepatitis B0.05%0.08%
DTP *4.90%8.14%

* DTP is a combined basic vaccination against diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough) and tetanus, which should be given to children up to the age of 23 months.


The above data correspond to the information from the World Health Organization, Global Health Workforce Statistics, UNICEF, State of the World's Children, Childinfo, Global Health Observatory Data Repository and OECD. The case numbers for the spread of the COVID-19 come from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

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