Humanitarian Health Action

Central African Republic health situation reports


  • 11 August 2016

    WHO heightens health response to cholera outbreak in CAR

    Bangui/Brazzaville – 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.


  • 2015

    Health Cluster yearly bulletin

    Yearly bulletin on Health Cluster activities in Central African Republic

  • 27 October - 12 November 2015

    Health Cluster bulletin

    The violence is continuing in Bangui, Bambari and Batangafo. The Health Cluster Partners are preparing to respond effectively to the health needs during election period and possible humanitarian crisis.

  • May - June 2015

    Health Cluster bulletin

    Upgrading the emergency to Level 3 has implications to the humanitarian operations in the Country. Humanitarian Common Found is supporting implementation of projects with USD 12 Million. Strengthening the vaccination campaigns is the main concern of the Health Cluster partners.

  • 23 June 2015

    Health situation report in Central African Republic

    As part of the emergency response to the crises in the Central African Republic the Ministry of Health has recognized the Paediatric Hospital in Bangui to provide free health care packages for children who are suffering from the emergencies.

  • March - April 2015

    Health situation report in Central African Republic

    The WHO Representative in the Central African Republic launched an appeal for funding the crises. There is a funding gap which threatens the medical supplies and access to basic health care for the most vulnerable populations. Health Cluster has organized a training workshop on the Humanitarian reform and the transformative agenda and project development. A vaccination campaign against measles was organized in Bakouma Bria by the health partners. The Rubella outbreak is towards its end in Bangui and most districts.

  • January - February 2015

    Health situation report in Central African Republic

    The Health Cluster has just adopted an operational response plan: "A roadmap to reducing mortality, morbidity and preventable disability in priority areas by the end of December 2015". The Health sector has got US$ 1 395 000 first allocation to support the implementation of projects in highly vulnerable areas. Epidemics flamed across the country, an outbreak of monkeypox in Bria, Rubella Outbreaks of measles in Bangui and in the center of the country. A canine rabies outbreak in Bangui increasing a major risk to public health

  • February

    Health sector and Health cluster operational emergency response plan 2015

    The main objective for the Health sector and Health Cluster operational response plans is to reduce mortality, morbidity and preventable disability in the most affected humanitarian crisis areas in Central Africa by the end of December 2015.


  • December 2014 - December 2014

    Special health bulletin

    This newsletter provides an overview of the humanitarian health situation and the main actions of the Health Cluster partners response over the last year. The Humanitarian emergency in the Central African Republic has been classified as Level 3 Humanitarian Emergency. On this health bulletin you can find the main facts that marked the sociopolitical context and safety in the country, the major humanitarian and health consequences of the crisis, the Health cluster response and the prospects for 2015.

  • 31 October 2014

    Health Cluster bulletin

    There has been increasing violence in Bangui and other parts of the country. The Health Cluster partners are providing medical assistance to people affected by the crisis. One case of yellow fever has been diagnosed positive in the 8th arrondissement of Bangui, additional investigation is underway. In Sanitary Prefecture Nana Gribizi, Kétéré village response against the outbreak of whooping cough is continuing. Strategic committee is accelerating the implementation of a strategic plan to fight against the Ebola virus.

  • 15 September 2014

    Health situation report

    The humanitarian situation is worrying as there are conflicts and tension between the armed groups and international forces. About 1500 displaced people are located within the confines of the hospital. In Boda many people and health personnel are hidden in the forest following the fighting. Malnutrition pockets with a relatively high prevalence are increasingly recorded.

  • 16 August 2014

    WHO continues support the Ministry of Health, Social Affairs and Promotion of Gender and Humanitarian Action on the development and national transition plan for HeRAMS. The security situation in Batangafo is unpredictable and over 20 000 people has been internally displaced.

  • 1 August 2014

    Health situation report

  • 20 July 2014

    Health situation report

    The security situation in Central African Republic remains volatile and unpredictable. Most humanitarian organizations have significantly reduced their staff in the country including WHO. Two technical staff remains in Central African Republic, one of them was temporarily evacuated to Bangui. There is a need to strengthen the functionality of the hospital in Bimbo to better serve then increasing population of the internally displaced people. The vaccination campaigns in 6 IDP sites in Kanga Bandoro and Bambari are disturbed because of the security constrains.

  • 7 July 2014

    Health situation report

  • 15 June 2014

    Health situation report

  • 4 May 2014

    Health situation report

    The Health Cluster partners has provided medical screening for those 1 400 internally displaced people from Bambari, Kabo and Sido Middle. There has been a measles outbreak in the Western region and a vaccination campaign has been prepared for the response in the areas of Carnot and Ber-Berati. Security remains one of the main concerns. The 26 April 22 people were killed, including three staff from the MSF Holland and the 1 May one UNHCR staff member in the attacks against health centres.

  • 20 April 2014

    Health Cluster bulletin

  • 18 April 2014

    Health situation report

  • 11 April 2014

    Health situation report

    The priority health needs are access to essential health services, strengthening disease surveillance and the availability of health resources. The first three causes of morbidity are malaria , diarrheal diseases and acute respiratory infections with a tendency proportional malaria increased since week 13. A cholera outbreak is confirmed in in northern Cameroon on the border of Central African Republic. Health Resources Availability Mapping System (HeRAMS) has been implemented to better identify epidemiological risks and the availability of resources.

  • 4 April 2014

    Health Cluster bulletin

  • 25 March 2014

    Health situation report

  • 24 March 2014

    Health situation report

  • 16 March 2014

    Helath situation report

    Despite the unstable security situation many of internally displaced people are returning to their homes. There are several suspected cases of measles and chickenpox in the country. As direct support to restoration of essential services WHO donated 14 March blood bags to the blood transfusion centre and emergency medical kits to the l’Hopital de l’Amite in Bangui. A workshop for mapping the health resources (HeRAMS) took place 13-14 March 2014

  • 10 March 2014

    Health Cluster bulletin

    The security situation remains unstable. However more and more Internally Displaced People are returning to their homes. The health sector is underfunded and therefore unable to increase essential access to health services, especially outside Bangui. With the support of MSF-France, the Surgery Department at the University Hospital of Bangui will be soon operational for surgical support. Malaria remains the leading cause of consultations. Its proportional morbidity decreased 50% between the first and ninth week of 2014 from 60% to 30%.

  • March 2014

    Fact sheet - Emergency Risk and Crisis Management

    Violence has increased in the country, leading to the internal displacement of 206 000 people. Health facilities have been looted and medical staff have fled their posts. There are limited services for essential health care, reproductive health, infant and child health and nutrition.

  • 25 February 2014

    Health situation report

  • 11 February 2014

    Special health situation report

  • 2 February 2014

    Health situation report

  • 26 January 2014

    Health situation report

    The insecurity in the country during the recent days has made the delivery of health services very difficult, reducing the number of the humanitarian health workers on the ground. It has also been very difficult to deploy health workers located in Bangui. Measles situation remains stable, 23 confirmed cases in Bria since 15 January 2014.

  • 21 January 2014

    Health situation report

    The insecurity in the country has limited and delayed delivery of health services. There has been disruptions of services provided by the mobile clinics, vaccination of children and services provided by hospitals on the axel Ouandago - Banforo - Bangui and Bandoro - Mbrès. A measles outbreak has been reported in Bria.

  • 20 January 2014

    Health situation report

    The security situation remains fragile, but has been relatively calm the last five days. Some security incidents has occurred in Bangui, where the UN teams including WHO and WFP are located. Health, protection and food security remain the three priority areas in the country.

  • 14 January 2014

    Health situation report

    The violence of the past 45 days has forced people to move and according to OCHA, estimated 2.2 million people are in need of Humanitarian assistance. The access to clean drinking water and the poor hygiene conditions exposes people to the risk of disease and epidemics. Internally displaced people, who are not sleeping in the camps are at risk of malaria. The management of mental health and the services on chronic diseases such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, diabetes and hypertension are not on the optimal level.

  • 10 January 2014

    Health situation report

    Only few UN agencies in some areas of the province are providing humanitarian assistance. Increase of displaced people from Bangui in host families. Difficulties to supply medicines, safe blood transfusions and nutritional supplements.

  • 5 January 2014

    Health Cluster bulletin

    The security situation remains fragile, which limits the provision of humanitarian assistance. According to OCHA, estimated 935 000 people are internally displaced (20% of the population). Most of the IDPs (512 000) are in Bangui. Up to 2.2 million people are in need of Humanitarian assistance. According to the MIRA report health, protection and food security are the three priority areas in the country.






  • Photo story: The Central African Republic remains one of the world's most silent health crises

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  • 12 January 2005

    Central African Republic - A silent crisis

    The Minister on Health of the Central African Republic meets with Health Action in Crisis staff and requests WHO assistance in combating extremely high maternal mortality ratios in the context of the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the country.

  • Jyly 2005

    Addressing Emergency Obstetric Care and Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV)

    Over the last 10 years, CAR has experienced at least four coups. In March 2003, General Francois Bozize took power and established a new government after a war which lasted almost six months. This war generated internally displaced populations, destruction and looting of the public infrastructure. Currently the country is facing an emergency that UN has described as “the world’s most silent crisis.”


  • 27 July 2004

    Health situation report

    The deterioration of living conditions and notably the prolonged exposure to determinants of ill health has increased the vulnerability of the population to the most frequent diseases (diarrhoea, acute respiratory infections, parasitic diseases). The epidemiological profile is predominantly marked by communicable diseases.

  • 31 May 2004

    Field mission to the Central African Republic 8 - 16 May 2004

    The mission was organized as a follow up to the UN Special Envoy mission and upon request of the WHO Country Representative. During the mission, a three-day field trip was jointly implemented with UNICEF and OCHA Representatives.

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US$ 28 million
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US$ 9.8 million

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