Central African Republic
Central African Republic (CAR), a landlocked country located in the center of Africa, has long been neglected by humanitarian aid despite being ranked as the world's 10th most instable country on the failed states index. It is surrounded by conflict in the neighboring countries (Chad, Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Congo and Cameroon) and has seen the displacement of more than 305 000 people from its seven northern prefectures after a decade of coups and mutinies destabilizing the country.
Several attempts to obtain peace and stability have been made. During 2007 - 2008 rebel groups signed up to three different peace agreements and the UN established a peace building commission for CAR on June 12th of 2008. Although the overall situation has stabilized significantly with the initiation of these peace processes, fruits of a comprehensive dialogue are yet to be fully seen. Nevertheless the overall situation has improved; the insecurity has gradually decreased, allowing greater access to the humanitarian community. However, the severe lack of functioning state infrastructure, including the health system, has left the population with a huge gap in access to essential services and an ongoing dependency on emergency health systems supported by humanitarian organizations. Health infrastructure currently only serves less than 20% of the population in this region and it will require several years of peace and significant investment to reconstruct to meaningful levels. However, until this time, emergency community based services are essential to ensure basic access to health care.
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United Nations Foundation (UNF)
Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF)
Emergency Relief Funds