Central African Republic
In the Central African Republic, HI supports humanitarian organisations by providing logistics solutions to improve the stocking and distribution of humanitarian aid. HI also supports physical rehabilitation centres in the country.
An HI physiotherapist works with a young patient in Bambari | © A. Surprenant/Collectif Item/HI
Actions in process
HI first worked in the Central African Republic from 1994 to 2004 to implement various development programmes.
Since 2016, the organisation is again active in CAR through its logistics platform projects, which support and facilitate the transportation, storage and delivery of aid by humanitarian organisations throughout the country.
In September 2018, HI implemented rehabilitation care activities at Bambari General Hospital in Ouaka prefecture. This programme provides physical rehabilitation care, provision of technical devices and psychosocial support to people with specific needs. It also supports the surgery department of the general hospital in order to build the capacities and enhance the care-management of the many people injured by violence in and around the city, in partnership with MSF.
An Inclusive Technical Action Unit (CTAI) with national coverage was set up in 2019 in Bangui. The work done by the CTAI enables NGOs to adapt their response to people with special needs and ensures they are able to access humanitarian aid.
Situation of the country
The Central African Republic suffers from structural underdevelopment and is one of the poorest countries in the world, ranking second-to-last on the UN Development Programme's 2018 Human Development Index.
The country has suffered chronic instability since gaining independence in 1958. Third Central African Civil War, which began in 2013, led to an unprecedented humanitarian, political and security crises. Although the violence had temporarily calmed, violent clashes re-emerged in December 2020 and persist up to the present day, leading to a significant worsening of the humanitarian situation.
Number of HI staff members: 131
Date the programme opened: 1994