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Press Coverage | December 4, 2013
MSF's Albert Carames describes the humanitarian crisis in Central African Republic, where escalating violence has forced many people from their homes and malnutrition, malaria and other illnesses are exacerbated by the conflict.
Field News | December 3, 2013
Join MSF on at 8:00 PM EST on Wednesday, December 4, for a free online discussion about the current situation in the Central African Republic featuring MSF operations advocacy advisor Andres Romero, who will be joined by nurse Michelle Mays and Dr. Yolaine Civil.
Press Coverage | November 27, 2013
MSF's Albert Camares describes the humanitarian crisis in Central African Republic, where violence has displaced hundreds of thousands of people.
Press Release | November 26, 2013
Field News | November 26, 2013
Years of political and military instability in CAR have left the country in a chronic state of humanitarian crisis, particularly as it pertains to public health.
Press Release | November 26, 2013
In several countries where MSF works—such DRC, Guinea, Central African Republic, Nigeria, South Sudan and Myanmar—timely treatment remains out of reach for the majority of people who need it.
Press Coverage | November 20, 2013
MSF's Michelle Mays explains the humanitarian crisis in the Central African Republic, where sectarian violence and widespread displacement are taking a heavy toll on the population.
Field News | November 19, 2013
Rosa Crestani, an MSF emergency coordinator just back from CAR, described the emergency response in Bouar in which she recently took part.
Voice from the Field | October 31, 2013
"But even in extreme cases, there is hope. Malnourished children can recover quickly when they receive quality medical care in time."
Field News | October 28, 2013
With fighting ongoing and widespread humanitarian needs still unmet, the situation in Ouham province remains critical, particularly around Bossangoa and Bouca.
Field News | October 18, 2013
MSF's Arjan Hehenkamp reports on his recent trip to CAR, where violence is taking on an increasingly sectarian bent, with severe medical consequences.
Press Release | October 16, 2013
Urgent need for increased humanitarian assistance amid scenes of burnt villages, brutal attacks; displaced without shelter, food, water; health system further strained.
Field News | October 7, 2013
MSF teams in the Gadzi area of CAR have been vaccinated children for measles and polio while also providing other crucial medical services for people displaced by violence.
Alert Article | September 16, 2013
When MSF financial administrator Kami Lee agreed to an assignment in CAR, the project was described to her as a “family post,” a context stable enough that some felt comfortable bringing their families. Then the Seleka rebellion began the day she arrived. Lee recalls her experience—and her decision to stay even longer—here:
Alert Article | September 11, 2013
Only in geographic terms does the Central African Republic live up to its name. It is indeed located in the middle of the continent, but in no other way is it “central”—certainly not when it comes to international attention.
Field News | September 11, 2013
MSF treated more than two dozen people injured in the aftermath of new violence 180 miles north of Bangui.
Field News | September 11, 2013
Six months after the capital of Bangui was seized by Seleka rebels, the situation in CAR remains unstable.
Press Coverage | July 17, 2013
Amid the chaos in the Central African Republic, children have been hardest-hit by food shortages and the lack of basic medical care, MSF's Ellen van der Velden explains.
Press Coverage | July 11, 2013
MSF accused the international community of turning its back on the Central African Republic, where health services have disintegrated and armed groups terrorize civilians.
Press Release | July 9, 2013
Three months after a coup in CAR, the country remains gripped by a humanitarian emergency made worse as the international community looks on with indifference.
Special Report | July 9, 2013
CAR is once again struggling through a period of profound instability, and its population needs help. Most humanitarian organizations, however, have either left the country or reduced their presence because of the general insecurity and a spate of targeted attacks on international NGOs.
Field News | June 21, 2013
MSF is distributing aid items and monitoring nutrition and malaria cases for displaced villagers after violence between farmers and Chadian tribes.
Field News | June 13, 2013
MSF nurse Brigitte Doppler provides an update on the health situation in eastern Central African Republic, an area heavily impacted by conflict.
Field News | June 4, 2013
Three months after a coup in CAR, and with malaria season approaching, MSF continues to scale up activities to assist thousands with no access to basic health care.
Voice from the Field | May 17, 2013
MSF Head of Mission Serge St-Louis discusses the situation in CAR, where conflict has jeopardized the provision of medical care.
Press Release | April 10, 2013
Armed chaos is forcing aid agencies to evacuate and leaving people without needed medical care.
Field News | April 4, 2013
Ten days after the opposition group Seleka took over the city of Bangui, life in the capital is gradually returning to normal. MSF is providing care to victims of violence.
Voice from the Field | March 28, 2013
MSF coordinator Sylvain Groulx discusses the situation in Bangui almost one week since the Seleka opposition group took control of the city.
Field News | March 28, 2013
MSF is treating the wounded and providing medical supplies in Bangui after several days of violence.
Press Coverage | March 27, 2013
MSF condemned the looting of hospitals in the Central African Republic after the recent coup.
Press Release | March 25, 2013
All parties to the conflict in CAR must respect health facilities and guarantee the population's access to health care.
Field News | January 14, 2013
As the government of CAR attempts to implement a peace deal with rebel groups, MSF is expanding its emergency response for people affected by the conflict.
Press Coverage | January 7, 2013
MSF's Ellen van der Velden explains that armed conflict is worsening a neglected humanitarian crisis in the Central African Republic.
Press Coverage | December 28, 2012
Local people displaced by conflict in Central African Republic are experiencing diseases related to a lack of shelter and clean water, according to MSF's Sylvain Groulx.
Press Coverage | December 27, 2012
Civilians are fleeing their homes in Central African Republic as rebels advance toward the capital. MSF's Sylvain Groulx reports that the conflict is exacerbating health and humanitarian conditions that were already alarming.
Field News | December 27, 2012
MSF has sent new teams to aid populations in CAR affected by ongoing conflict in the country.
Field News | December 21, 2012
A rebel surge in various parts of CAR has displaced numerous families who have fled conflict repeatedly over the past decade.
Field News | December 14, 2012
On December 10 the town of Ndélé, in northeastern Central African Republic (CAR), was the target of an attack by the “Union des Forces Démocratique pour le Rassemblement” (UFDR).
Field News | August 17, 2012
A mobile team of MSF medics is traveling to remote villages in the unstable southeast of Central African Republic to find and treat people suffering from a neglected disease.
Field News | August 17, 2012
Dr. Unni Karunakara discusses the state of chronic medical emergency in Central African Republic, calling on the government and international organizations to commit to the fight against treatable diseases.
Field News | July 2, 2012
According to a new MSF survey, an alarmingly high number of children under the age of five are dying in parts of Central African Republic.
Field News | April 12, 2012
Obstetric fistulas affect more than two million women around the world. MSF's fistula camp in Boguila treats women for this devastating child-bearing injury.
Field News | February 24, 2012
Insecurity in the north of Central African Republic has caused thousands of people to flee their homes.
Field News | February 21, 2012
MSF has handed over the management of a hospital in Maitikoulou, Central African Republic, to the Ministry of Health
Field News | December 12, 2011
Follow Dr. Frédérique Eygonnet through one day at MSF's Paoua hospital, the only hospital serving the approximately 120,000 residents of this subprefecture in the Central African Republic.
Field News | December 12, 2011
"The system seems to have broken down completely. It is hugely dysfunctional at every level."
Press Release | December 12, 2011
CAR is in the grips of a chronic medical emergency, according to the MSF report "Central African Republic: State of Silent Crisis".
Special Report | December 12, 2011
The Central African Republic today finds itself in a state of chronic medical emergency, yet the commitment of the country's government and of the international community is going in the wrong direction.
Field News | March 1, 2011
Obstetric fistulas are one of the most serious consequences of obstructed labor. An estimated 2 million women in developing countries are living with fistulas, many on the margins of society.
Research Article | August 16, 2010
Field News | July 22, 2010
In Zémio, a rural town in the southeast of the Central African Republic (CAR), MSF provides medical support to both the host population and those fleeing attacks by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA).
Field News | March 8, 2010
Tens of thousands of refugee families who fled fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo are now living on the banks of the Ubangi River, enduring shortages of food, shelter and healthcare.
Research Article | February 1, 2010
Voice from the Field | November 19, 2009
With help from a patient and national staff, Kathryn Sisterman, a U.S. nurse on her first assignment with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in northern Central African Republic (CAR) developed a song to teach people about human African trypanosomiasis, also called sleeping sickness or trypano. Here, she describes how the song came to be.
Field News | November 6, 2009
The southwestern area of Central African Republic (CAR) continues to face a severe nutritional emergency. In September, after being alerted by local authorities, MSF medical teams opened four feeding centers in Carnot, Boda, Nola, and Gamboula. Teams also implemented a number of outpatient treatment programs. Three months later, staff have treated more than 4,000 children. Clara Delacre, MSF emergency coordinator in Boda and Nola, explains the situation on the ground.
Press Release | September 22, 2009
Barcelona/Paris/New York, September 22, 2009 – The south-western area of the Central African Republic (CAR) is facing a severe nutritional emergency, with more than 1,000 children at grave risk, said the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) today.
Voice from the Field | September 21, 2009
Carol Calero is a field physician for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). Currently she is working in the nutritional emergency in southwestern Central African Republic (CAR). In this interview, she talks about being in the heart of a health emergency and of the positive cases that keeps her spirits up.
Field News | September 4, 2009
We brought therapeutic foods, milk, medicines and logistical supplies, such as tents, because we had no idea what we would find there. When we arrived, the hospital team greeted us warmly. They seemed very relieved to see us. We got to work the next morning.
Field News | August 19, 2009
On July 23, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) opened a malnutrition treatment program in Carnot, a city in southwestern Central African Republic (CAR). Almost 400 severely malnourished children have already been admitted.
Voice from the Field | June 4, 2009
"Violence has never stopped, it has always been present. Sometimes it is the result of the political conflict between the government and armed groups and sometimes it is different: banditry or intra-community conflicts."
Press Release | April 30, 2009
Bangui/New York, April 30, 2009 — A new escalation of violence between the army and a rebel group in the north of Central African Republic (CAR), has forced, once again, thousands of people to flee their homes. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) estimates there could be around 8,000 newly displaced in the region of Kabo and Moyen Sido. They have sought refuge in the bush, where they live in particularly harsh conditions in the current rainy season, with no access to healthcare and out of reach of humanitarian aid.
Field News | March 6, 2009
Regions in northern Central African Republic have witnessed renewed fighting since the end of February involving rebel groups and the national army.
Alert Article | April 4, 2008
Photojournalist Spencer Platt traveled to Central African Republic in December 2007 to photograph MSF’s activities there.
Research Article | April 1, 2008
Press Release | March 13, 2008
Berlin/Bangui, Central African Republic, March 13, 2008 — A woman was shot dead in a Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) ambulance, Monday, March 10, when an unidentified gunman fired on the vehicle in Vakaga Province in the northeast of the Central African Republic (CAR). As a result, MSF has suspended its mobile clinic activities outside the main towns in the region. This is the second person to be killed in an attack on MSF in the past nine months in CAR. The ambulance was carrying a mother and her baby who had been discharged from the MSF health center in Gordil, a provincial town. The 32-year-old woman leaves behind six children.
Special Report | December 18, 2007
Special Report | December 18, 2007
Voice from the Field | October 19, 2007
MSF has been working in Paoua since March 2006. Despite the constant threat of attack, the population has recently managed to move around again, on most roads, within 30 kilometers around the town. The hospital in the town is extremely busy, and MSF is also in the process of resuming its activities in the surrounding area, by supporting health posts there. Delphine Chedorge, MSF head of mission, describes the situation on the ground.
Press Release | July 31, 2007
Yaoundé/Geneva, July 31, 2007 – Mortality rates and the medical and nutritional situation among the refugees that have been entering Cameroon for over a year have exceeded emergency thresholds. In response to this situation, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has begun targeted food distribution to meet the vital needs of this vulnerable population. Now more than ever, it is essential for humanitarian actors to mobilize as quickly as possible.
Press Release | June 25, 2007
Bangui, Central African Republic, June 25, 2007 — The insecurity that prevails in northwestern Central African Republic (CAR) is severely impacting civilian populations and the humanitarian workers assisting them, Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said today.
Press Release | June 19, 2007
June 19, 2007 — The Popular Army for the Restoration of Democracy (APRD), a rebel group in the Central African Republic (CAR), claimed in an interview on Radio France International on Monday, June 18, that it had executed an APRD member who fired the shot that killed MSF staff member Elsa Serfass in northwestern CAR on June 11. In agreement with Elsa's family, MSF had requested that the APRD show mercy towards the perpetrator.
Press Release | June 11, 2007
Paris/Bangui, June 11, 2007 -- It is with great sadness that Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has learned of the death of one of its volunteers in the Central African Republic. Elsa Serfass, a 27-year-old French citizen, was killed today by gunfire during an assessment mission in the northwestern part of the country. Ms. Serfass was on her first assignment with MSF, working as a logistician.
Voice from the Field | February 2, 2007
Since mid-2006 violence has dramatically increased in scale and intensity in the northern parts of Central African Republic—with grave consequences for the civilians who are caught in the crossfire of a number of armed groups.
Press Release | January 9, 2007
New York, January 9, 2007 — The staggering human toll taken by tuberculosis and malnutrition as well as the devastation caused by wars in the Central African Republic (CAR), Sri Lanka, and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), are among the "Top Ten" Most Underreported Humanitarian Stories of 2006, according to the year-end list released today by the international humanitarian medical aid organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). The ninth annual list also highlights the lack of media attention paid to the plight of people affected by the consequences of conflict in Haiti, Somalia, Colombia, Chechnya, and central India.
Voice from the Field | January 3, 2007
Since November 2005, various rebel groups have appeared in the northwest region of the country, in the Ouham and Ouham Pendé prefectures. Since then, the civilian population has been subject to considerable abuse, beginning in the Paoua region, expanding to the area around Markounda and, more recently, in the Kabo region.
Special Report | December 31, 2006
Field News | April 14, 2006
The civilian population in the north of the Central African Republic is bearing the brunt of an ongoing conflict between rebel and government forces. MSF is running a hospital and operating mobile clinics in and around 10 locations in Markounda, northeastern Central African Republic.
Press Release | March 18, 2003
Press Release | October 30, 2002