The Central African Republic has experienced almost constant volatility and instability in recent decades, and remains one of the least developed countries in the world. To contribute to the emergency health response for conflict afflicted populations across the country, The MENTOR Initiative has partnered with The Department for International Development to lead a consortium of international NGO partners. This consortium – comprised of International Medical Corps (IMC), Cordaid and Oxfam, who have been collaborating in this style for more than 18 months previously – aims to reach more than 460,000 across two years with quality health services in environments where healthcare would otherwise be practically non-existent.
The consortium will focus on health provision in four key prefectures across the country – Ouham, Ouham-Pendé, Basse-Kotto and Haute-Kotto. Assistance to affected populations will focus on the needs of different communities, as each partner brings their own specific areas of expertise to a coordinated response. Working closely in partnership with the Ministry of Health, essential services will be delivered across community, primary and secondary healthcare levels, alongside an additional focus on WASH provision.
The project will train and equip more than 220 Community Health Workers, support and supply a network of health posts and health centres and fully equip a hospital, with each intervention being tailored to the requirements of the area. Supported by widespread IEC (information, education and communication), activities will focus on the importance of behaviour in disease prevention, while a number of important WASH (water, sanitation, hygiene) facilities will be built and maintained. Screening and treatment of malnutrition will also take place in targeted areas.
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.
The Way Forward
As this two-year phase of the consortium gets underway, MENTOR will work to support and reinforce its partners to achieve an impactful and cost-effective response. MENTOR remains committed to delivering health services to the most vulnerable and, as lead agency in the consortium, will strive to maintain and achieve this value across the collaborative nature of this opportunity. We look forward to working with our partners to evaluate and assess how best to learn from our experiences in order to have the most significant impact possible under the challenging circumstances.
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 Oxfam’s website at: https://www.oxfam.org/en/countries/central-african-republic, IMC’s website at: https://internationalmedicalcorps.org/car and Cordaid’s website at: https://www.cordaid.org/en/countries/central-african-republic/.