In 2017, Humanity & Inclusion transported 8,590 tons of goods to some of the most isolated corners of Central African Republic (CAR), a country that has been devastated by decades of violence and instability.
On the Human Development Index, CAR ranks at the bottom. Nowhere else in the world are the challenges to life and dignity so prevalent. Sixty-seven percent of the mainly rural population lives on less than a dollar a day and just 30% have access to clean water. An armed insurgency that began in 2012 has resulted in the severe deterioration of the country’s infrastructure.
Delivering humanitarian assistance such as food and medicine is a major logistical challenge, particularly as most people live in remote areas. Roads are poorly maintained, communication networks are unreliable, and many areas are too dangerous to travel. This means that large areas of the country are only accessible by air.
Our teams have taken on a coordination role in the county in order to improve logistics for all humanitarian associations trying to reach those in need. One of the first priorities is to restore airfields and landing strips in remote areas so that humanitarian flights can land safely. We work with local communities to manage repairs and maintenance, such as filling potholes and clearing vegetation.
Our logistics team coordinates deliveries by air, pooling together the goods to be sent in order to improve efficiency. HI manages the schedules, security checks, and loading of humanitarian cargo planes from Bangui M’Poko airport and coordinates safe arrival.
Humanity & Inclusion in Central African Republic
Humanity & Inclusion initially worked in the Central African Republic from 1994 to 2004, and relaunched its operations in 2016, working to ensure that people receive the life-saving, life-enabling aid they need.
Since gaining its independence in 1958, the country has experienced chronic instability as a result of regular military coups and the repeated failure to transition to a democratic system. The Third Central African Civil War, which began in 2013, caused an unprecedented humanitarian, political and security crisis. After a brief lull, there has been a surge of violence since elections were held in December 2020, leading to a deterioration in the humanitarian situation. Since then, clashes between armed groups continue to impact communities and limit the ability to deliver aid to people in need. The economic situation has also worsened amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Areas of Intervention
- Logistics services
- Social inclusion
Through its logistics platform projects launched in 2016, Humanity & Inclusion supports and facilitates the delivery of aid by humanitarian organizations throughout the country.
In September 2018, Humanity & Inclusion implemented rehabilitation care activities at Bambari General Hospital, providing support to the surgery department of the general hospital in order to build the capacities and enhance the care-management of the many people injured by violence in and around the city, in partnership with MSF.
An Inclusive Technical Action Unit with national coverage was set up in 2019 in Bangui, enabling NGOs to adapt their response to people with special needs and ensure they are able to access humanitarian aid.
Our Past Work
Since 1994, Humanity & Inclusion has been working regularly in the CAR to develop rehabilitation activities and promote an inclusive culture. Our work has evolved to meet the dynamic needs of the communities where we serve.
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Humanity & Inclusion supported the opening of the Bangui rehabilitation center (ANRAC), and worked on the implementation of a 2-year university course for the training of physical therapy assistants, the only course of this type available in CAR. So far, 32 assistants have completed the training.
In 2019, the organization helped to set up an inclusive technical unit in Bangui with national coverage.
Since January 2016, Handicap International has worked to ensure that the most vulnerable people in Central African Republic receive the life-saving, life-enabling aid they need after three years of acute crisis. In a country where disease is rife, infrastructure is lacking, and half the population (2.3 million people) is in “dire need of assistance,” Handicap International’s logistics expertise fills a crucial gap, allowing humanitarian organizations to deliver aid the extra mile, despite sometimes harrowing road conditions. Cyril Chérie, Handicap International’s logistics project manager in Bangui, recently took time to tell us more.Read more