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Central African Republic
MSF in Central African Republic, 2004
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Since civil war started in the Central African Republic in 2002, MSF has focused on providing emergency medical relief to the victims. MSF staff also run a sleeping sickness project – which was halted for part of 2003 because of the conflict – in the southeastern town of Haut-Mbomou.
MSF aided civilians attempting to escape the violence by crossing into neighboring Chad. A team based just over the border carried out medical consultations and surgery while also distributing medicine and needed supplies. MSF also gave urgent medical care to those who were sexually assaulted during the conflict.
During 2003, MSF carried out a number of exploratory missions in the country. A team visited Bouzum to determine the needs of the people in the area. In Bouar, MSF carried out a measles vaccination campaign and evaluated the situation of displaced people living in the region. In Bossemptele, Bouzum, Paoua and Bocaranga, MSF distributed medicines and medical supplies and in Sibut, Paoua and Gore, a team assessed operations at local health facilities.
MSF has worked in the Central African Republic since 1997.