The health system in CAR is grossly underprepared to meet the health challenges the country faces. The population suffers from the highest rates of mortality and morbidity in the world. One out of every hundred women will die as a result of child birth. Thirteen percent of children born in CAR will die before they turn five.

Throughout the country, clinics are staffed by unqualified and untrained health providers. Medications of dubious

quality stock the shelves in clinics and pharmacies, with even these being too expensive to buy for most people who live in one of the poorest countries in the world.

On going civil conflict, poor governance, and no signs of economic vitality all but guarantee the continued inadequacy of the health system for decades to come.

57%

of population in need of Humanitarian Assistance

2.8

Million People At Risk of Death Without Humanitarian Assistance

727000

Internally Displaced Persons

Humanitarian Needs

The already dire humanitarian crisis in CAR has deteriorated significantly since the beginning of 2020. The COVID pandemic pushed the ill-equipped health system to the brink and froze economic activity in an already poverty-stricken country. Armed rebellion in the follow-up to contested elections in December 2020 caused tens of thousands more Central Africans to leave their homes in search of refuge and stopped humanitarian activities in most of the country. As of July 2020, the United Nations currently estimates the number of these internally displaced people has reached 727,000, totaling roughly 15% of the country’s total population. Over 2.8 million Central Africans are in need of humanitarian assistance, well over half the population.

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