million people in need of humanitarian care
Central African Republic
Central African Republic
The Central African population has been severely affected by clashes between anti-Balaka local militias and the Seleka, an assorted coalition of armed forces in power. Poverty has increased in People living in the Central African Republic have been severely affected by fighting between the local militia, known as anti-Balaka, and the diverse coalition army which was in power at the time, la Séléka. Poverty worsened both in rural areas and the towns. Hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to flee for their lives from their villages and find themselves in dramatic health situations, to which the country’s health structures are unable to respond.
Hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to flee their villages.
Moreover, this crisis was compounded by major problems that pre-dated 2013 linked to underdevelopment, a lack of basic infrastructure and bankrupt state institutions. Conflicts in neighbouring countries, in particular, Sudan and South Sudan - and the inward flow of refugees that this entails – also have direct health consequences for the Central African Republic.
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Having provided an emergency response from the beginning of the conflict in 2014 by rolling out mobile clinics at a number of sites for displaced people, Doctors of the World are now supporting existing healthcare facilities in Malimaka, Gobongo, Bégoua, Lithonia, Gbango and Bouboui as well as maternity wards which have been refurbished in Bégoua and Gobongo hospitals.
Primary health and sexual and reproductive health consultations are offered, including support during pregnancy and medical deliveries. Malnutrition is detected, children are vaccinated. The association also provides essential generic drugs and ensures transfers to the relevant health facilities in emergencies.
Since May 2015, MdM’s sexual and reproductive health services in health centres also provide care for victims of gender-based violence. In partnership with a local association, AFJC (Association of Women Lawyers of Central Africa), Doctors of the World offer GBV survivors medical care, legal advice and counselling from an AFJC lawyer if they wish to file a complaint.
Did you know?
Following the Ex-Séléka seizing power in Bangui on 24 March 2013, the situation in the Central African Republic has seen severe political and security related instability and an acute humanitarian crisis.
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