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South Sudan

South Sudan, the world’s youngest country, celebrated its independence in 2011. The hope for a peaceful future brought by independence was not to last, however. In December 2013, violent confrontations between the government and opposition forces were already beginning. Since then, 2.5 million South Sudanese people have been forced to flee their homes and villages, almost half of the population does not have enough to eat, and therefore, the risk that infectious diseases, such as cholera and measles, will spread is rising. In some regions, the already completely inadequate medical infrastructure has completely collapsed.

Malteser International has been working in what is now South Sudan since 1996 – above all in the medical field. In recent years, the original focus on the care of patients with tuberculosis and sleeping sickness, and the provision of basic medical care have been expanded to include programs in the fields of WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) and food security.

Malteser International Locations: Juba (Coordination Office), Rumbek, Maridi, Wau


Marcel Goeke 
Email: marcel.goeke(at)malteser-international.org

How Lunch Can Help Secure the Future of Children

Suzanne Peter lives with her family in a refugee camp in Wau, South Sudan after they fled armed violence in their hometown. For the 8-year-old girl having a warm lunch meal everyday is no matter of course. She recently resumed her priimary education, and is one of over 5,000 pupils who receive warm meals at school thanks to our school feeding program. Find out how a lunch meal a day is bringing her closer to her dreams.

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World Day of the Poor: celebration in Juba

On Sunday, November 19, we will celebrate the First World Day of the Poor. Pope Francis announced the World Day for the Poor in his concluding message for the Jubilee Year of Mercy. To commemorate the day, the Pope will celebrate mass with people in need and those who assist them, after which he will have lunch with them in the Vatican audience hall. In support of this move, Malteser International is organizing a practical initiative for children in South Sudan:  our will have lunch together with homeless children, teachers, and about 2,000 pupils from Al Salam Primary School in Juba.

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World Humanitarian Day 2017 - Emmanuela Gore

Our staff risk their lives every day to ensure a life in health and dignity for vulnerable people around the world. In recent years, aid workers have increasingly become targets of violent attacks. On the occasion of World Humanitarian Day 2017, we talked to Emmanuela Gore, our project officer in South Sudan, who was once a beneficiary of aid. Here, she tells us her story from aid recipient to aid worker in a dangerous working condition.

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Inspiration for the future

Through years of conflict and high tension in South Sudan, Malteser International has been training hundreds of remarkable young people as nurses and health workers to help them fulfil their dream of building a better future for their fragile country. Read some of their stories here:

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Our work in pictures

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