Central African Republic

Photo: Christophe Da Silva for Action Against Hunger, Central African Republic
Population
4.9 Million
Human Development Index
188 (out of 188 countries ranked)
Our Team
455 employees
Program Start
2006

People Helped in 2019: 342,516

77,641
People Reached by Nutrition and Health Programs 
144,139
People Reached by Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Programs 
120,736
People Reached by Food Security and Livelihoods Programs 

The landlocked Central African Republic is one of the poorest nations in the world, located in an extremely volatile region and beset by constant political instability and upheaval. Despite a peace and reconciliation agreement signed in February 2019, there are still about 600,000 internally displaced people in the Central African Republic due to armed conflict and insecurity. More than half of the country's 4.9 million population rely on humanitarian assistance. Malnutrition remains a major issue and leading causes of morbidity and mortality for children under five years old.

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In 2019, Action Against Hunger implemented emergency projects to meet the acute humanitarian needs of the population. Our Rapid Response Teams provided basic supplies, water and sanitation assistance, food aid, and psychosocial support to newly displaced people in the northwest of the country. Our drilling and mobile nutrition teams responded to water, saniation, hygiene, and nutrition emergencies. We also provided emergency health, nutrition, mental health, and emergency water, sanitation, and hygiene support in Basse Kotto and Bangui.

Our long-term recovery work includes preventing and treating severe acute malnutrition, reinforcing psychological care capacity, and strengthening the skills and capacity of health personnel. We also aim to improve the food security and resilience of vulnerable households through agroecology, seed systems, and natural resource management projects. In 2019, to strengthen health systems, we conducted a major diagnostic of the system in Bangui. We also conducted a value chain analysis on caterpillars, a major source of protein for the population.
 

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