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. To remedy serious deficiencies in the nation’s infrastructure, Handicap International has used its logistics expertise to facilitate the work of humanitarian organizations. This has included repairing airstrips, hiring truck drivers, and establishing transport hubs to enable the delivery of essential aid. Managing a fleet of trucks and working with partner organizations, Handicap International currently supplies major towns in more than a dozen provinces.
The Central African Republic suffers from structural underdevelopment and is one of the world’s poorest countries, ranked 185 out of 187 countries on the Human Development Index. 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.
Since 2012, regular crises (particularly the military coup led by the Seleka rebel alliance in March 2013) have heightened insecurity, leading to a significant deterioration in the already highly fragile humanitarian situation.
At the end of September 2015, an upsurge in violence in Bangui and other parts of the Central African Republic left 79 people dead, 512 injured and led to the additional displacement of over 42,000 people in Bangui and 20,000 in Bambari and Dekoa. This violence also affected humanitarian organizations and their ability to access the most vulnerable people. Humanitarian access, particularly by road, was seriously hindered and became almost impossible in some parts of the country.
From 1994 to 2004, Handicap International worked regularly in the CAR to develop rehabilitation activities, including the opening of a rehabilitation center in Bangui. In December 2015, the organization returned to the country to open a logistics platform and to help respond to the humanitarian crisis affecting the country since 2012.
Handicap International’s project improves the logistics performance of humanitarian actors, in particular in isolated regions of the country in order to secure access to emergency humanitarian assistance (medication and essential household items) for people affected (displaced or isolated populations) by the crisis in the Central African Republic.
To implement the project, teams pool and enhance transportation in Bangui and isolated regions of CAR, maintain and rehabilitate 15 airstrips, and supply humanitarian aid stocks. This work ensures aid can reach the local population, and enables the aid work of 45 other humanitarian actors.
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