NGOs charged with delivering the vast majority of health care services in war-torn South Sudan are overwhelmed with demand for even basic services. Amid the conflict, the looming rainy season makes it even harder for services and patients to connect, writes Stefanie Glinski.
At least 99 aid workers have been killed in the fighting. Since the war began in 2013, 2 years into independence, 50,000-300,000 people have been killed. With the war dominating South Sudan’s budget, just 3% of its coffers go to health care. Health minister James Jada wants to see that reach 10%, but “we first need peace for things to change,” he says.