As South Sudan prepares to officially become Africa’s newest state in July, the region faces enormous challenges in improving health care. South Sudan has one of the world’s worst rates of infant mortality and maternal death due to childbirth, GlobalPost reports.

“The situation is a consequence of the last several decades of fighting, and the development of the country has been minimal,” according to Emmanuel Roussier, head of mission for Medecins Sans Frontieres in South Sudan. “Healthcare is either non-existent or very poor, there are almost no doctors, nurses or midwives.”

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