Action Against Hunger has been present in Central African Republic since 2006

Central African Republic

Half of the population of the Central African Republic depend on humanitarian aid


Counrty Overview

The Central African Republic remains the most dangerous country in the world for aid workers.There are rising humanitarian needs and half the country’s population now depends on humanitarian aid for their survival. The number of internally displaced persons increased by 50 per cent in 2017 making a full quarter of the population now displaced. In addition, 500,000 Central Africans have fled to neighbouring countries.

The landlocked Central African Republic is one of the poorest nations in the world, located in an extremely volatile region and beset by constant political instability and upheaval, including a coup in 2013 when the government was overthrown amidst violence and looting. Since then armed groups have unfortunately flourished, taking control of the south-east of the country. Given this instability, it has been extremely difficult to achieve economic growth or public health advances.


People we helped in 2017

What we are doing

Action Against Hunger has been present in the Central African Republic since 2006 and despite the desperate and volatile situation, our teams have managed to continue carrying out our life-saving programmes. Our nutrition activities have been scaled up and strengthened to help those most at risk of malnutrition, expanding access to clean water and sanitation facilities, and fostering livelihood and income opportunities for the long term.

In 2017 our teams focused on emergency and recovery programmes. The emergency component comprised of a rapid response project in the north-west of the country, where we are conducting research to assess the needs of the population and raise humanitarian warnings. Our teams improved access to water, hygiene and sanitation and provided essential household shelter kits. This component was complemented by a nutritional emergencies response team and two mobile drilling teams (to improve and build water points).The recovery projects aimed at managing severe acute malnutrition and building the capacity of health staff. Our teams offer psychological support to those identified as suffering from psychological distress. Our teams also put in place an agricultural recovery strategy to help producers of sesame and groundnut optimise their crops.

Our programmes in the Central African Republic include:

  • Water and Santiation programmes (including building new latrines)
  • Screening and treatment of children suffering from malnutrition
  • Increasing the accessibility to clean water (creating new water points)
  • Psychosocial support groups
  • Agricultural programmes 


Help us save lives in Central African Republic & around the world
Help us save lives in Central African Republic & around the world


Help us save lives in Central African Republic & around the world

Photo credits: © Samuel Hauenstein Swan for Action Against Hunger


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Based in
Bangui, Bossangoa, Bouar, Sibut