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
HI worked in the Central African Republic from 1994 to 2004 to implement various development programmes.
The organisation is once again active in CAR through its logistics platform projects, which support and facilitate the delivery of aid by humanitarian organisations throughout the country.
In September 2018, HI implemented rehabilitation care activities at Bambari General Hospital in Ouaka prefecture. This programme provides support to the surgery department of the general hospital in order to build the capacities and enhance the care-management of the many people injured by violence in and around the city, in partnership with MSF.
An Inclusive Technical Action Unit (CTAI) with national coverage was set up in 2019 in Bangui. The work done by the CTAI enables NGOs to adapt their response to people with special needs and ensures they are able to access humanitarian aid.
Lastly, since the emergence of the Covid-19 pandemic in CAR, HI has developed several inclusive awareness projects on personal protection measures and the protection of vulnerable people.
Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, HI has continued to help the world’s most vulnerable people. We have adapted our interventions in more than 45 countries.
The Central African Republic suffers from structural underdevelopment and is one of the poorest countries in the world, ranking second-to-last on the UN Development Programme's 2018 Human Development Index.
The country has suffered chronic instability since gaining independence in 1958, and the Third Central African Civil War, which began in 2013, led to an unprecedented humanitarian, political and security crisis. Although the violence has since abated, it has persisted up to the present day and led to a significant worsening of the humanitarian situation.
Number of Handicap International staff members: 146
Date the programme opened: 1994