South Sudan

Information for Patients
Healthcare in South Sudan is heavily fractured and underserved due to on-going civil war that has started since the birth of this new nation back in 2011. Quality care in both public and private sector is hard to come by and, if found, is predominately located in the capital of Juba. NGOs and aid organizations such as Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) also provide emergency relief services and key primary care in areas where health infrastructure is lacking. In general, the South Sudanese health structure is both overwhelmed and underserved. 


Information for Health Care Professionals
All approval and consultations are required to be done via the South Sudanese Embassy or representation within your jurisdiction. Please consult both the local South Sudanese embassy/consulate as well as the representative of a key South Sudanese medical society in order to understand the requirements needed to practice medicine in South Sudan.

Please note that given the current humanitarian crises, it is not easy for many expats to work within the South Sudanese health system. Please check with aid organizations working on the ground for further details on how to get involved. 

English is the language of instruction for medical education in South Sudan.


Information for Travelers 
Medical tourism in South Sudan does not occur due to the ongoing conflict and minimal health service that can be provided in the country. It is advised to get a travel insurance which covers not only conflict zones for health but also kidnapping and ransom, should you decide to go to South Sudan. English and a number of local languages are the main language in South Sudan, pending on the region you find yourself in, but many doctors are also fluent in English as well as Arabic due to formerly being a part of Sudan.

Yellow fever vaccinations along with certificate is required prior to arrival in the country. Hepatitis A and B, along with Cholera, shots are recommended prior to arrival. Malarial tablets are also recommended.

Link to the Ministry of health website for that country:  https://moh-rss.org 


 

References:
https://www.who.int/emergencies/crises/ssd/en/
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/273439898_The_State_of_Public_Health_in_South_Sudan_Critical_Condition
https://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/5/12/e009296
https://bmcpregnancychildbirth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12884-018-1953-4
https://expatfinancial.com/healthcare-information-by-region/african-healthcare-system-and-insurance-options-for-expats/south-sudan-healthcare-system-insurance-options-for-expats/