The current health system in CAR is unable 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.
Ongoing civil conflict, poor governance, and no signs of economic vitality mean that a concerted, long-term response to overcome these enormous challenges will be required for decades to come.
of population in need of Humanitarian Assistance
Million People At Risk of Death Without Humanitarian Assistance
Internally Displaced Persons
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 May 2022, the United Nations currently estimates the number of these internally displaced people has reached 602,000, totaling roughly 15% of the country’s total population. Over 3.1 million Central Africans are in need of humanitarian assistance, well over half the population.
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