Central African Republic: Latest MSF Updates


This information is excerpted from MSF’s 2016 International Activity Report.

Years of political unrest and violence have resulted in a protracted humanitarian crisis in CAR. In 2016, thousands of people were killed, wounded, or displaced as armed groups fought for territory. Two MSF workers were killed while doing their jobs. Many humanitarian agencies withdrew from CAR in 2016 due to lack of funding, but MSF maintained its presence, with 17 projects across the country.

Violence in the capital, Bangui, resulted in dozens of casualties. MSF provided emergency services in the city’s General Hospital, carrying out 3,700 surgical interventions in 2016. The team also conducted 32,300 consultations in the PK5 neighborhood, treating children under the age of 15 at Mamadou Mbaiki health center. More than 106,000 consultations were carried out at the MSF field hospital in M’poko camp for internally displaced people at Bangui’s airport. MSF scaled up services for women and babies in the city, managing the 80-bed Castor maternity hospital and assisting around 600 births per month; supported the Gbaya Dombia maternity facility in PK5; and rehabilitated a small maternity hospital in the Dameka/Boeing area.

MSF provided comprehensive inpatient and outpatient care to local communities and displaced people in Batangafo, Kabo, Boguila, Bossangoa, Paoua, Carnot, and Ndele. In Berbérati, MSF supported the regional hospital and four health centers. More than 4,200 children were admitted to the hospital in 2016, and over 21,900 pediatric outpatient consultations were carried out in the health centers.

In Bambari, MSF provided primary and secondary health care to the host population and around 50,000 displaced people living in camps, carrying out nearly 35,000 consultations. In Bria, MSF provided health care to children, and in Zémio teams offered basic and specialist health care in the hospital. In Bangassou, MSF supported the 118-bed reference hospital, which was being expanded, as well as three health centers.

MSF’s emergency response team Equipe d’Urgence RCA (Eureca) responded to several health and nutrition emergencies across the country and vaccinated more than 12,800 children against measles. The team also aided 4,000 South Sudanese refugees in Bambouti. Nearly 95,000 children in Berbérati, Bangassou, and Paoua received routine immunizations in 2016 during multi-antigen vaccination campaigns.

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