World’s newest nation urgently needs doctors and teachers

| October 13, 2011 | 0 Comments

South Sudan celebrated its independence on 9 July 2011. But, says the organisation Doctors Without Borders (MSF), there are only 120 doctors and about 80 qualified nurses to care for a population of around eight million people. The country has the highest rate of maternal and infant mortality in the world.

The newly formed Ministry of Health has announced that it will take a minimum of 20 years before a sufficient number of southern Sudanese will have graduated with proper medical training. Some 85% of the population is said to be illiterate. A large proportion of this percentage is made up of girls, who are kept at home until they are old enough to be married off. Many teachers have only received eight years of primary school, mostly delivered in refugee camps in neighbouring Uganda.

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