Quick Facts

  • Officially known as the Republic of the Sudan.
  • Two different independent countries exist after 2005 peace agreement; North Sudan and South Sudan
  • Largest country in Africa
  • Rich in natural resources including petroleum
  • One of the fastest growing economies in the world
  • Capital: Khartoum (pop. 5.129 million)
  • Official languages: Arabic, English
  • Population: 36,108,853
  • Major religion: Islam (Sunni)
  • Since 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement, violent struggles between multiple militias in the form of guerrilla warfare have killed between 200,000 and 400,000 and displaced around 2.5 million people.
  • Darfur; Colin Powell described it as the worst humanitarian crisis of the 21st century….. “Genocide”
  • Rebel groups have been known to attach humanitarian workers in addition to killing innocent civilians.
  • Population living in poverty: 40% (17% of the population lives on under 1.25/day)
  • Current weather conditions: www.weather.com
  • Tips for travel in country: www.travel.state.gov
  • Currency exchange rates: www.xe.com

Government in Power

  • A federal republic – ruled by the National Congress Party
  • Chief of state and head of government: President Umar Hassan Ahmad al-Bashir (since 1993) – elected by popular vote

Healthcare Statistics

  • Life expectancy: 63.68 years
  • Physician density: 0.28/1,000
  • Maternal mortality rate: 311/100,000
  • Infant mortality rate: 51.52/1,000
  • Health expenditures: 6.5% GDP
  • Hospital bed density: 0.8/1,000
  • HIV/AIDS adult prevalence rate: 0.25%
  • Infectious disease risk: high
  • Infectious diseases: hepatitis A and E, typhoid fever, bacterial and protozoal diarrhea, malaria, dengue fever, Rift Valley fever, schistosomiasis, meningococcal meningitis, rabies, avian influenza
  • The worsening humanitarian crisis and unpredictable population movements constitute major challenges to the already weak health system according to the World Health Organization.
  • Infectious disease updates: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm


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