Funding awarded to NGOs to implement Central Emergency Response

from United Nations Population Fund
Published on 04 Oct 2016 View Original

Bangui.04 October 2016. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) country office has awarded CFA 110 million funding to five NGOs in order to improve conditions for supply of Reproductive Health Care services( (Minimum Initial Service Package "MISP", the medical care to GBV -EAS survivors and improve Family Planning) in recent conflict affected areas with population displacement into bushes or in the IDP sites.

The launching of activities followed a signing of agreements during an official ceremony that took place this week in the premise of UNFPA in Bangui. The funding is expected to address urgent needs in the four prefectures of Ouaka, Ouham Péndé Nana Gribizi and Ouham. This agreement signing ceremony comes just one week after notification of CERF funding by OCHA to illustrate the urgency of the implementation of activities for lives saving.

UNFPA's NGOs partners with collaboration of Ministry of Health(MoH) will train hundred (100) health service providers on MISP for deployment to affected areas. The MISP response will also include medical care for survivors of GBV-EAS. The same period will see rehabilitation of three maternities and implementation of mobile clinics in whereabouts of the project affected areas of Ippy, Ngakobo in Ouaka, Mbres, Kaga-Bandoro in the Nana-Gribizi, Kabo in Ouham and Ngaoundaye, Koui and Bocaranga to Ouham-Péndé.

During the last quarter of 2016, the implementing NGOs all members of the WG-MISP and sub-Cluster GBV UNFPA partners (VITALITE PLUS COHEB, ACABEF-IPPF GDAP) will conduct activities that benefit to women, conflict related displaced young girls and boys to cover their needs of reproductive health, family planning and GBV-EAS through the recruitment of 16 midwives to strengthen the efforts of the Ministry of Health and also saving lives. In addition, 150 trained Community Health Workers "CHW" will contribute to community "participation" to prevent GBV-SEA and refer GBV-SEA survivors to health facilities. The ACDES Switzerland NGO will rehabilitate three (03) maternity (Mbrés, Ippy and Ngaoundaye) before December 31, 2016.

Chairing the agreements signing ceremony, UNFPA Representative in CAR, Mr. ADA POUYE stressed the need for NGOs and UNFPA to move quickly to implement this joint project which is very expected by communities in need in the light of recent developments in the prefectures of Kaga-Bandoro (Nana-Gribizi) and Bambari (Ouaka).

In August 2016 the Population Movements Commission (CMP) reports that 385,750 people displaced throughout CAR into IDP sites and host families. Compared to the figure of 384,314 reported for July 2016, shows that the number of IDPs in CAR has increased by 1436. This represents almost 1% increase across the country. In general, the trend/statistics of population movement for the whole country has increased slightly. This situation is due to security deterioration in the prefecture of Ouaka more specifically Ngakobo causing the opening of a new site in Ngakobo Sugar plant and in the prefecture of Kémo, at 17 km from Dékoa City on the Mbrès-Dékoa axis. The situation is same at Ngaoundaye, Bocaranga in the northwest and in the city of Kouango east where upsurge of violence against civilians is recorded.

This project co-managed with WHO is funded by the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) and aims to improve the delivery of reproductive health services (Minimum Initial Service Package, Support medical GBV-SEA and improve Family Planning) under the overall supervision of the Ministry of Health for better coordination.

This joint project with WHO will bring the above mentioned services closer to people affected by recent population movements in 04 prefectures (Ouaka / Ouham-Péndé / Nana-Gribizi and Ouham). This means that the ultimate objective of the project is to lives saving and guaranty safety in the volatile areas of this large country.