Central African Republic media and news releases
11 August 2016
WHO heightens health response to cholera outbreak in CAR
Bangui/Brazzaville, 11 August 2016 – Amid an ongoing complex humanitarian crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR), the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners are working with the country’s Ministry of Health respond to a cholera outbreak declared on 10 August 2016 with 46 confirmed cases and 13 deaths from Djoujou, Damara and Bangui cities. “This cholera outbreak in villages along the banks of the Oubangui river simply compounds the already worrisome health security needs for the people in the CAR who have already suffered so much from the effects of a protracted humanitarian crisis due to war and displacement,” said Dr Michel Yao, WR representative to CAR.
12 December 2015
The Pope Francis visited a pediatric centre in Central African Republic
The Pope Francis visited the Pediatric center where he saw children and victims of the conflict. WHO and health partners including UNICEF, the NGO Emergency, Action against Hunger and the Central African Government had mobilized resources and advocated to make this visit possible. The Pope visited also an IDP camp of Saint-Sauveur, which was almost empty in September but after intense violence killing nearly 80 people and wounded 400 the camp was filled again. Today there are almost 4000 residents in deplorable conditions.
26 November 2015
Youngest victims of the health crisis in Central African Republic
“I was on my way home from the school when my bus came under fire,” says 11-year-old Niatou Christy Judicael, who was injured in both legs on 4 November when his bus was shot at with automatic weapons. The recent flare in violence in Bangui, the capital of Central African Republic, has seen an increasing number of wounded children being admitted to Bangui Paediatric Complex, the country’s only functioning health structure still providing specialized care for children.
27 April 2015
Humanitarian crisis in the Central African Republic: lack of funding threatens the free-access to healthcare
A drastic shortage in funding is jeopardizing free access to health care services being provided by the World Health Organization and partners in the Central African Republic for horehounds of thousands people.
25 March 2015
Recurrent violence has displaced entire communities, and more than 1.47 million people need humanitarian health services. The CAR Ministry of Health and WHO lead the group of humanitarian partners, known as the Health Cluster, working together to care for people affected by the crisis. Only 55% of health facilities in the country are functioning, and most rely on support from non-governmental organizations and UN agencies like WHO.
16 March 2015
Santé des femmes en Centrafrique
A l’instar des autres femmes du monde, les Centrafricaines de Bangui ont célébré avec beaucoup de fastes la Journée internationale de la femme, édition 2015. Le thème national portait sur l’autonomisation de la femme. Avec les évènements qui secouent le pays, beaucoup d’efforts restent à fournir pour harmoniser les mots aux faits quant à la promotion du Genre en Centrafrique.
25 September 2014
WHO assessment sheds light on Central African Republic’s shattered health system
4 April 2014
WHO is supporting the rehabilitation system for blood safety and promotion of blood donations
WHO supports the promotion of voluntary blood donations and transfusion safety to improve the basic and primary health care and save lives in Central African Republic. WHO support the National Blood Transfusion Center (CNTS), the only national institution in charge of nationwide supply for blood transfusion.
28 March 2014
Vaccination campaign reaches 130 000 children and breaknant women
In a one week intensive immunization campaign 128 930 children between 0-23 months, pregnant women and women of childbearing age were vaccinated.
12 March 2014
Doctor at the heart of a humanitarian crisis
“I will never forget 31 January 2014,” says Dr Komoyo. That’s the day when gunfire broke out in the hospital compound between two armed groups, trapping hospital staff and patients inside.
Immunizing against measles in the Central African Republic
Immunizing children against measles is a priority in the Central African Republic. In January 2014, more than 115 000 children aged 6 months to 15 years were vaccinated in health centres across the country by national health workers with support from WHO, the International Red Cross and partners.
10 January 2014
5 January 2014 -- WHO re-deployed its teams to Bouar and Kaga Bandoro, cities in western and central part of Central African Republic. Relative calm since last week allowed humanitarian agencies to resume their work in these two cities affected by the latest surge of violence that erupted last month.
5 January 2014
WHO re-opens two field offices in Central African Republic
WHO re-deployed its teams to Bouar and Kaga Bandoro, cities in western and central part of Central African Republic. Relative calm since last week allowed humanitarian agencies to resume their work in these two cities affected by the latest surge of violence that erupted last month.
2 January 2014
WHO and partners launch measles vaccination campaign
Following the confirmation of cases of measles in two camps for displaced persons – near Bangui airport (3 cases) and at the Don Bosco Centre in Damala (5 cases) - WHO, UNICEF, MSF and other partners will support an emergency response immunization campaign to control this epidemic starting Friday, 3 January 2014.
27 December 2013
Bangui, Central African Republic - WHO is moving 2.6 tons of medical supplies from the Bangui airport to partners operating health facilities in the capital city. The supplies include medicines to treat large number of wounded people in the latest surge of violence in the Central African Republic. According to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), 214,000 people are internally displaced in the capital city alone.
19 December 2013
WHO team visited the displacement camp near Mpoko airport hosting around 45 000 people who have fled recent violence, to rapidly assess the health situation and priority needs.
18 December 2013
L’OMS renforce ses équipes d’urgence pour une réponse sanitaire appropriée en faveur de la population