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 56.6 years for men and 59.6 years for women. For comparison: worldwide life expectancy is about 14.7 years lower (men: 70.6 / women: 75.1 years).

A total of 22.64 USD per inhabitant is spent annually on health measures at state expense. This corresponds to approximately 6.0% of the gross domestic product. Internationally, this amount averages 1,121.97 USD (~ 9.8% of the respective GDP).

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Distribution of the corona virus

Spread of the corona virus in South Sudan

Since the beginning of the pandemic until October 2nd, 2022, a total of 17,780 infected people and 138 deaths have been reported in South Sudan.

The total of 17,780 infected people currently represents 0.16% of the total population.

Current vaccination status

According to official WHO data, a total of 2.09 million vaccine doses have been administered as of September 18th, 2022. More recent data are not yet available to WHO. 2.04 million people have received at least one vaccination (18.2%).

1.99 million of these are considered fully vaccinated in South Sudan (= 17.8%).
This means that South Sudan is one of the countries with the worst vaccination coverage in the world.The vaccination rate is higher in 205 countries.

Due to the current corona pandemic, we update the worldwide case numbers daily. A list of all infected and dead people by country can be found on our Covid19 virus topic page.

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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%8.21%

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


Above data correspond to the information of 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 corona virus come from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

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