Community-Level Health Care Access Critical To Improving Child Survival In South Sudan

Devex: Opinion: South Sudan’s children need community health workers to survive
Bester Mulauzi, director of program development and quality in South Sudan at Save the Children

“…South Sudan still has one of the highest child mortality rates in the world. It hasn’t been for lack of trying or a lack of good intentions; but rather a failure to rapidly adapt solutions to our current reality. As donors and implementing agencies meet over the next few months to discuss the next phase of how to fund health in our country, we finally have the chance to get it right. … Donor countries, implementing NGOs, and the South Sudanese government need to shift more of their resources to low-cost community health delivery, focusing on treating the biggest killer diseases for children: malaria, pneumonia, and diarrhea. … Only when the provision of health care is fully rolled out at community level in South Sudan will we see preventable child deaths averted, and only then will the world fulfill its promise to its newest fragile country” (6/22).