On 1st April 2019, The MENTOR Initiative and a consortium of international NGO partners began a four-year, £14million, programme funded by the UK Government.  This is the third phase of a consortium which has been running since 2015.  This phase sees MENTOR continuing as Consortium Lead Agency working with its long-time health partners Cordaid and International Medical Corps UK (IMC UK) as well as welcoming Solidarités International into the partnership as Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) lead.  Together, the Consortium will continue to address acute and protracted humanitarian health needs in three of the most vulnerable and conflict-affected prefectures in the Central African Republic (Ouham-Pendé, Basse Kotto and Haute Kotto).

Phase III of the DFID-funded Consortium in CAR will build upon the collaborative work of Phases I and II, making use of the technical and operational expertise and experience of all partners and ensuring that more than 374,800 people will be able to access quality health services for life threatening diseases in an environment where healthcare would, without this intervention, be practically non-existent.

The life-saving assistance will cover essential health care provision through a combination of community, primary and secondary levels, maximising the access of affected communities to basic healthcare services. There will be a particular focus on child and maternal healthcare; the treatment of malaria, acute respiratory infection and diarrhoeal diseases; malnutrition screening and treatment; and the promotion of vaccinations by providing logistical support to the Ministry of Health teams.  Community health workers and female focal points will also raise awareness of disease prevention and the availability of health services. Referral services for severe disease cases at the community level, which need urgent secondary level care, will be enhanced and strengthened. The Consortium will provide an integrated approach with the inclusion of essential WASH activities in support to health facilities and combined health and hygiene promotion at the community level, together with targeted pilot projects designed to promote construction and the use of household latrines.

The co-operation between the four consortium partners will allow the consortium, as a whole, to learn from the shared experiences and strengths of each partner to deliver a more coherent response. The consortium will thus be well placed to work with and help to develop the Ministry of Health’s national strategy as it progresses.

MENTOR also runs a number of other programs in the Central African Republic – read about them here 

To find out more about the work of our partners in CAR, please visit IMC’s website at: https://internationalmedicalcorps.org/car and Cordaid’s website at: https://www.cordaid.org/en/countries/central-african-republic/ and Solidarités International’s website at: https://www.solidarites.org/en/missions/central-african-republic/