MSF Expands Emergency Services in CAR While Waiting For Peace Deal To Take Hold

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    Patients wait for triage at the Damara Health Center in the Central African Republic.

    As the government of Central African Republic (CAR) attempts to implement a peace deal it struck with rebel groups in the country, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is continuing to expand its emergency response to thousands of people who have been affected by the conflict. MSF is also negotiating for greater access to areas where health care staff has fled and basic medical services are no longer available.

    In recent weeks, as the conflict worsened, thousands of civilians fled their homes and sought refuge in the bush, where they tried to subsist without proper shelter, safe drinking water, or access to medical services. On January 10, MSF opened an emergency project in the government-held frontline town of Damara and began providing basic health care, conducting mobile clinics, and supporting displaced people in order to prevent deaths due to common illnesses such as diarrhea, respiratory infections, and malaria, which is a chronic health care threat in CAR. Medical staff has been treating up to 100 patients per day, most of them for malaria and malnutrition.

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