Central African Republic
People Helped in 2017: 220,554
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, including a coup in 2013 when the government was overthrown amidst violence and looting. Given this instability, it has been extremely difficult to achieve economic growth or public health advances.
Conflict has restricted humanitarian access in the Central African Republic, one of the most dangerous countries in the world for aid workers. Calm has been restored to the capital city of Bangui, enabling the local economy to resume. However, in the southeast of the country, armed groups have flourished, taking control and resulting in intensified violence.
Humanitarian needs are rising. Half the country’s population depends on humanitarian aid for survival. The number of internally displaced persons increased by 50 percent in 2017—a full quarter of the population is now displaced. In addition, 500,000 Central Africans have fled to neighboring countries as refugees.
Our strategy for 2017 focused on emergency and recovery. The emergency component comprises of a rapid response project in the northwest, where we are conducting multisector assessments, responding to water, hygiene, and sanitation needs, and providing essential household shelter kits. This component is complemented by a nutrition emergency response team and two mobile drilling teams.
Our recovery projects aim to manage severe acute malnutrition and build the capacity of health staff. We have constructed latrines and are offering psychological support to those suffering from psychological distress. Our agricultural recovery strategy is being implemented through support to sesame and groundnut producers, with an emphasis on seed multiplication