UNICEF Central African Republic Situation Report - Reporting Period: 11 September – 18 October 2013
Renewed conflict in north western CAR has caused close to 30,000 internally displaced people to gather in three main areas in Bossangoa with the majority seeking sanctuary. The majority of the displaced are women and children living in deplorable conditions with major emergency needs in protection, access to safe water, sanitation, health care, food and shelter.
In response to the crisis in Bossangoa, UNICEF, WFP, UNHCR, and NGOs on ground are working to establish and sustain emergency services. UNICEF is providing access to safe water at two sites through the installation of water bladders and water trucking. UNICEF with Caritas established a health dispensary to provide emergency health service to address the health needs of 25,000 at l’Évêché site in Bossangoa.
The national integrated vaccination campaign targeting 550,000 children, which began on 4 October, completed its first phase. A vaccination campaign is also rolling out in Bossangoa. So far, 9,000 displaced children have been vaccinated against measles (with the objective to reach 15,000 children).
A recent survey by UNICEF and its partners reveals seven out of ten primary school students in the Central African Republic have not returned to school since the conflict started in December 2012.
UNICEF’s 2013 emergency appeal of $11.5 million, issued before the military takeover of the country, has since tripled to $31.9 million. UNICEF has received about $11 million, leaving a funding gap of $20 million through the end of the year. *Before the