For many years, the countries of Central Africa have been suffering from the effects of epidemics and endemic diseases, as well as natural and man-made disasters. Conflicts have led to significant population displacements and put at further risk vulnerable groups that are already challenged to provide for themselves. Recently, the increasingly high cost of living has added a further burden to Central African populations. Deteriorating living conditions have led to problems of illegal immigration, disintegration of families and reduction in local manpower, thereby further increasing the risks of various crises.
The populations in Central Africa are exposed to numerous health problems including HIV/AIDS and malaria. While HIV/AIDS affects all the countries in Central Africa with prevalence peaks in CAR (13% prevalence rate), malaria remains the main cause of mortality within the region.
IFRC’s Central Africa Regional Representation (CARREP) supports Central African National Societies and other Movement partners in addressing these challenges. In order to reach its objectives by 2015, one of the main elements on which CARREP’s success depends is the quality of National Society management. Although the needs for National Society development are widely acknowledged, in recent years, organizational development programmes have attracted few donors. CARREP and the National Societies in the region have the human resources required to achieve the outcomes highlighted in this 2012-2015 longterm planning framework and look to partners to assist with funding needs estimated at CHF 15,534,077 over the four-year period.