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500,000 homeless|Ongoing War|Crippled Health system
Central African Republic (CAR) has experienced almost constant unrest in recent decades and remains one of the poorest countries in the world. Violence is an everyday threat and with numerous armed groups operating throughout CAR, internal displacement and refugee movements are common.
In March 2013, conflict broke out again as a rebel coalition seized power in the capital, Bangui, amid widespread violence. The fighting and resulting displacement have put even greater pressure on CAR’s struggling health care system.
International Medical Corps is the main health care provider in three refugee camps in Haut Mbomou, Ouaka and Lobaye. We provide primary health care, clean water and sanitation projects and trainings that directly support children.
Primary health care: International Medical Corps provides primary health care, maternal and child health care and nutrition services through 12 medical centres and 20 mobile clinics in Vakaga and Haute-kotto districts. The people living in these communities are among the worst affected by the recent fighting in CAR.
Water, sanitation & hygiene: Around the town of Bria, in the north of CAR, International Medical Corps is constructing hundreds of latrines, wells and water pumps for people that have been forced from their homes. This reduces the risk of people becoming ill from water related diseases. Several of the latrines have been built in local primary schools which have re-started classes for the first time since the conflict began.
Training: International Medical Corps provides training programmes for community leaders and Central Africans who work directly with children and young people. By focusing on education, this approach will have a lasting effect on children’s safety and well-being in this conflict-affected region. Our projects focus on the protection of children and the reintegration of children affected by the conflict, particularly those who have been involved with armed groups.
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