Central African Republic (CAR) faces a chronic and prolonged health emergency. The political crisis and violence that has shaken the country since 2013 has exacerbated the problem. The public health system is highly insufficient and almost half the population of 4.6 million people are in need of emergency aid. Many of them are in hiding in the bush, with no reliable access to food, sanitation, shelter or healthcare.

Already in poor condition in 2012, most of the health facilities are now non- functional, with 72 per cent of public health facilities damaged or destroyed by the violence and looting. Those functioning suffer a shortage of skilled medical personnel, especially in the provinces.

 

'We fear for the worst for Bangassou: An MSF physician on how a Central African Republic town has turned into a battlefield

Over the last week, the city of Bangassou in Central African Republic (CAR) has seen a surge of violence after intense fighting broke out between the UN forces and an armed group. In recent years, CAR has been devastated by a civil conflict that began in December 2013, and this recent violence is the latest indication that tensions remain at critical levels. On Tuesday, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) called on all parties to agree to a ceasefire to allow for the deployment of urgent medical aid. 

MSF physician Dr. René Colgo, who is currently the deputy head of mission coordinating MSF's emergency response in Bangassou, describes the situation in the embattled region.

 

 

A Canadian coordinator pays tribute to local MSF staff in Central African Republic — and to one particularly exceptional colleague

 

Canadian project coordinator Will Plowright recently returned from MSF's medical project in the town of Bossangoa. In this article, he shares the story of one of his closest friends and colleagues in CAR, and highlights the crucial role that MSF's locally hired national staff — who make up more than 80 per cent of the organization's employees worldwide — play in our ability to deliver lifesaving care.. 

 

 

 

 

In 2016, Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) managed seventeen projects across the country. In addition to MSF's projects that assist CAR refugees in Cameroon, Chad and Democratic Republic of Congo. Our projects focus particularly on malaria; immunization and maternal and child health. MSF has over 2,400 national staff work alongside 230 expatriates.

 

MSF outraged by killing of staff member in Central African Republic

A Doctors Without Border/Médecins Sans Frontières(MSF) staff member was shot and killed during an ambush on two MSF vehicles in Kouki, Central African Republic (CAR). MSF is outraged and demands safety for humanitarian workers.

 

 

What MSF is doing for the people of CAR?

Among MSF's 17 projects, since the beginning of 2016, our teams have been reinforcing HIV programmes in CAR: a new HIV/AIDS project was opened in the Hôpital Communautaire of Bangui, and decentralization of HIV care started in Zemio. 

 

 

Video: Central African Republic refugees fleeing to Chad and Cameroon

 

 

From the Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) International Activity Report

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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