October 10, 2020 (Thessherald)–South Sudan, the world’s youngest nation, spends zero percent on health services, according to a new report released on Friday by the Oxfam International.
“One of lowest health spending and only half their population covered by essential health services: a shocking two-thirds of citizens in South Sudan were not covered by essential health services.”
“Armed conflict and state fragility hinder governments’ commitment to fighting Inequality,” said Oxfam Pan Africa, an advocacy Programme seeking to reduce Inequality in the region.
The report exclusively obtained by the South Sudan Herald, ranked South Sudan 158th (Bottom) the lowest in Commitment to Reducing Inequality in the region.
The report highlights that the state spends 2.2% of the national budget on education – the lowest amount in the whole world on education.
The finding indicates that South Sudan’s civil servants are the lowest paid (57%) in the region.
“South Sudan is one of the few countries in the world with no minimum wage.”
Earlier this year, the UNICEF reported that some 2.2 million children in South Sudan lack access to quality education.
The analysis revealed that the South Sudanese government spends a substantial amount of money on debt serving and the military.
“Lowest spending on Index on social protection, health and education combined – just 12% -; instead it spends huge sums on debt servicing (47%) and the military (18%). In other words, more than 3 x on military and ed, SP and health combined.”
‘‘Governments must act now to end health & economic inequalities that are making the poorest people the worst hit by the pandemic. There’s an urgent need to invest in fairer, more resilient societies for us all,” said Peter Kamalingin, Oxfam Pan Africa Director.
The advocacy group said that “Sub-Saharan Africa has only 1 country (South Africa) in the top 50 in commitment to reducing inequality index and the continent accounts for 3 in 5 of the countries at the bottom of the list.”