Central African Republic: News bulletin No. 100, 16 - 23 Mar 2009

Report
from Humanitarian and Development Partnership Team CAR
Published on 23 Mar 2009 View Original
Highlights

- WFP distribution back in Bossangoa

- Global day against tuberculosis

- IRAD - progress in agro- food

Background and security

WFP back in Bossangoa.

A decision was taken at a meeting on the 20th of March to re-start the WFP's (World Food Programmes) activities in the Bossangoa region following a meeting between the WFP, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) and the Prefect of Ouham.

The Prefect gave his word that the thefts that had led to the suspension of the WFP service would not be repeated.

On the 5th of November 2008 some WFP lorries were robbed of 17,121 tons of food worth 16.12 million FCFA.

During the suspension of activities, over 10,000 people in need who rely on WFP programmes in Bossangao were without aid - people living with HIV/ Aids, beneficiaries of the 'Food for Work' programme, blind people following training, school children and malnourished children. .

For more information: Callixte Kayitare, WFP (236) 72 20 59 17 | callixte.kayitare@wfp.org

Incident at International Medical Corps (IMC) base

On the 20th of March 2009 at around 11.30 at night, IMC's Ngarba base was the target of an intrusion by armed men who took medicine and communications equipment.

Following the incident, IMC staff have been relocated to Ndélé. A minimum service is available at the Ngarba heath centre and the mobile clinic service is continuing in other villages from a base in Ndélé.

IMC and health ministry staff are safe and sound. Despite the losses, IMC intends to continue its humanitarian activities in the region.

For more information: Guy Yogo, IMC (236) 75 57 78 61 | gyogo@imcworldwide.org

News

IRAD: agro-food progress

IRAD (Initiatives and Research into Concrete Steps in Development) aims to bring about a renewal in smallscale industries as well as transformation of local materials.

IRAD's work is based 25 km from Bangui on a plot of 70 hectares with soya, peanuts, palm oil, and varieties of manioc - the aim is to improve the harvest as well as the transformation of the produce.

Another activity involves the production of water which is distributed at low cost in order to avoid water-based disease.

This local NGO promotes the socio-economic emancipation of local people and the development of micro-enterprises.

In the future, IRAD aims to spread out to the provinces in order to train local groups in the transformation of their produce and high-yield vegetables.

For more information: Yohann Taitard, IRAD (236) 70 18 69 31 | iradbg@yahoo.fr

Kabo and Batangafo back on plane route

UNHAS (United Nations Humanitarian Air Service) restarted their air service to Kabo and Batangafo on the 25th of March.

The UNHAS service had been stopped almost a month ago due to security threats.

Transport problems in these areas mean that the best way for humanitarians to get there is by air. With the rainy season on the way, Kabo and Batangafo will be even less accessible by road, and so this resumption of the air service is well-timed.

For more information: Raymond Kowandy, UNHAS (236) 75 20 42 77 | raymond.kowandy@wfp.org

Health

24 March - global tuberculosis day

« I commit to stopping tuberculosis » is this year's theme for the global combat tuberculosis day.

The main activities included a workshop for media professionals on the 20th of March, 2 days of reflection about tuberculosis at Bambari and Berberati for community leaders between the 10th and the 14th of April this year.

A televised round table took place on the 26th of March on tuberculosis with participants such as the president of former tuberculosis patients, the national coordinator and the manager of the testing and treatment programme with the NGO 'Amis d'Afrique'.

The National Coordinator asked for the support of all the population, to go to test centres and tuberculosis treatment centres at the very first signs, for those suffering from tuberculosis to follow the treatment programme with a doctor's prescription.

He also called on the population to say no to the rejection and stigmatisation linked to tuberculosis.

For more information: Dr Moussa Betchem, Ministry of Health | (236) 70 01 13 03 | m_betchem@yahoo.fr

Over 9,000 CAR refugees at site over Chad border

Renewed fighting in the area around Ndélé has led to another wave of displacement across the border into Chad. UNHCR Chad reports the total number of CAR refugees in their Daha and Massambagne sites at 9,219.

The Massambagne site which is about 80 kilometres from Daha, has registered 2,382 people while Daha, the destination for the first wave of refugees from the same area in CAR in January of this year, has registered 2,041 families, or 6,837 people.

On 18 March an inter-agency team of UNHCR (United Nations High Commission for Refugees), UNICEF (United Nations Fund for Children) and CNAR (Chad National Refugee Authority) visited Massambagne to distribute food and NFIs (Non Food Items).

Their assessment concluded that the new arrivals are made up of 87 % women and children.

MSF France is providing water supplies to both Daha and Massambagne, UNICEF is digging wells for the refugee and local populations, while the governor of the Salamat prefecture has sent 20 tons of sorghum for the refugees.

There is a need, however, to re-locate the refugees who are in the Massambagne area due to limited access to the site during the rainy season.

For more information, contact:

UN OCHA CAR
Boris Ngouagouni
borispm2@live.fr
(236) 70 18 80 65

Humanitarian and Development Partnership Team CAR:
Find more information on http://www.hdptcar.net/blog/