A few health data points from South Sudan visualized by AlertNet shows were the nation stands relative to others. For those concerned by too much bad news, the data does hold some promise given that it sits ahead of countries, like Uganda, that are doing better.
USAID has some more good news:
Despite these challenges, progress is being made. South Sudan’s child mortality rate dropped from 135 per 1,000 in 2006 to 106 per 1,000 in 2010. Infant mortality saw a similar decline from 102 per 1,000 in 2006 to 84 per 1,000 in 2010.Also look to this post from Roving Bandit that points out the problems with the current anniversary coverage and few other good stories (including the data from USAID).