Central African Republic
In the Central African Republic, HI supports humanitarian organisations by providing logistics solutions to improve the stocking and distribution of humanitarian aid. HI also supports physical rehabilitation centres in the country.
An HI physiotherapist works with a young patient in Bambari | © A. Surprenant/Collectif Item/HI
Since 2015, HI has been implementing a number of projects to assist NGOs supplying humanitarian aid: repair and upgrading of landing strips, managing regional logistics platforms, storage of cargo, provision of storage space and road transport.
Following a January 2018 evaluation, HI was able to launch rehabilitation care activities in September 2018 at the Bambari General Hospital in Ouaka Prefecture. This programme is being carried out in partnership with MSF, which supports the surgery section of the general hospital, to strengthen the capacity and care of the many injured by the violence in and around the city. In parallel, an Inclusion Technical Unit will be set up from February 2019 in Bangui, with national coverage.
The poorest country in the world according to the United Nations, there has been widespread ethnic and religious violence in the Central African Republic since 2013.
The Central African Republic is at the bottom of the ranking of 188 countries, assessed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) based on the Human Development Index. It has a population of just under 5 million people and its economy is largely based on subsistence farming.
The country has suffered from chronic instability since its independence in 1958. In 2013, violence broke out between anti-Balaka (Christian) and Seleka (Muslim) groups, sending the country into a spiral of chaos. Numerous civilians have been the victims of acts of violence. Almost 700,000 people have been displaced; half a million have fled to neighbouring countries. Half the population is in need of humanitarian aid. The United Nations peacekeeping mission (MINUSCA) deployed in 2014 and composed of almost 12,000 troops, has failed to restore stability.