The Central African Republic (CAR) is in the grips of a chronic medical emergency, according to a report released today by the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders (MSF) .
Four mortality studies carried out by MSF over the past 18 months reveal crude mortality rates in some regions of CAR at three times the emergency threshold of one death per 10,000 people per day, which, according to the World Health Organization, is considered a humanitarian crisis. These rates constitute an “out of control” situation, even though the areas with the highest mortality rates are not affected by conflict or a high number of displaced people.
And yet, the report argues, the commitment by the government and by the international community is going in the wrong direction. The government has been scaling back its investments in health, as have international donors, while humanitarian assistance has failed to reduce the widespread medical crisis.
Find out more about MSF's work in Central African Republic (CAR).