A girl at an Action Against Hunger treatment centre in Central African Republic.

Central African Republic

This landlocked country is one of the poorest nations in the world.

For many years, Central African Republic has experienced significant armed conflict and constant political insecurity. Over half of the country’s population depends on humanitarian assistance.

Despite a peace and reconciliation agreement signed in February 2019, there are still 600,000 internally displaced people in the country. Given this instability, it has been extremely difficult to achieve economic growth or improve the public health system. The high levels of insecurity have restricted humanitarian access, making it one of the most dangerous countries on earth for aid workers.

Malnutrition also remains a major public issue, and it’s a leading cause of death for children under five years old.

Country facts

  • 4.7M

    Central African Republic has a population of 4.7 million people.

  • 188

    Central African Republic ranks 188th out of 189 countries in the Human Development Index.

  • 39.6%

    Almost 40% of Central African children under five suffer from malnutrition.

Action Against Hunger’s work in Central African Republic

Our programmes include:

  • providing essential items, food aid and mental health support to newly displaced people in the northwest of the country
  • creating mobile teams to respond to nutrition and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) emergencies
  • working with the University of Bangui in the country’s capital to improve treatment for children under five suffering from malnutrition
  • supporting the country’s health system with nutrition, mental health and WASH programmes

Our response to coronavirus

In the country’s capital Bangui, our teams are working with sanitation facilities to improve access to safe water.

Our community health workers also carry out awareness raising activities in health centres and refugee camps, which so far has benefitted more than 8,000 people across the country.

We’ve also been distributing hygiene kits at local markets and health facilities in the city of Bossangoa.

Our reach

  • 342,516

    We reached more than 300,000 people through our programmes in 2019.

  • 455

    We have 455 staff based in Bangui, Bossangoa, Bouar and Alindao.

  • 2006

    We started working in Central African Republic in 2006.

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