Lives split over the Congolese border

  • Since mid-2017, thousands of Central African refugees have fled a brutal conflict and settled on the other side of the Ubangi river: in the Congolese districts of Gbadolite and Mobayi-Mbongo. The current number of refugees stands at approximately 42,000, fewer than the approximately 67,000 at the peak of the displacement.
  • Many CAR refugees are still looking after their fields and remaining properties just a few kilometres away and they go back sporadically to look for food and subsistence. They are constantly on the move and being subjected to violence and harassment by different parties on both sides of the river.
  • MSF worked in the area between mid-September 2017 and the end of March 2018 supporting two hospitals, nine health centres and running mobile clinics for both refugees and the host community. Teams provided more than 38,600 medical consultations, admitted 3,970 inpatients, treated nearly 2,000 children under five for malnutrition and vaccinated 20,000 children for measles. The intervention has now been handed over to the Ministry of Health after some staff received training, while MSF keeps a surveillance system in Nord-Ubangi province in order to be ready to intervene should an emergency develop.
  • MSF teams have observed prevalent severe diseases, with malaria, diarrhoea and respiratory tract infections being the most common, a usual pattern in displacement crises. The teams see very vulnerable people who deserve attention in a context in which the already limited health system and basic services have become clearly overstretched.

Thursday, April 12, 2018