Malaria crisis in post-coup Central African Republic as healthcare collapses | Global development | guardian.co.ukPosted: July 9, 2013
During the rebel offensive, hospitals and health centres were ransacked and medical staff fled. Without doctors, medicines or medical supplies, the majority of people in CAR have no access to healthcare.
UN agencies and many NGOs have withdrawn to Bangui, leaving the majority of the country without aid. According to MSF, the people of CAR – 4.4 million people spread across a country bigger than France – have effectively been abandoned just when they most need help.
MSF said in the first quarter, health facilities it supported treated about 74,700 patients for malaria, a 33% increase over the same period in 2012, when 50,442 were treated for the disease. For children under five, there has been an increase of 46%, from 29,910 in first-quarter 2012 to nearly 44,500 in the same period this year.
“This data indicates the likelihood of a further increase in consultations during the peak malaria season, which begins in July, and potentially one of the most acute malaria crises in recent years,” said MSF.