Central African Republic

Updated 24/05/2021

Despite a peace agreement in February 2019 between the government and non-state armed group violence and armed conflict has spread through the country leading to mass displacement. The security situation remains volatile, affecting humanitarian access. Many areas of the country are controlled by militias and armed groups who maintain checkpoints in conflict-affected areas, blocking access to basic services and hampering humanitarian access to the affected population.

On 15 December 2020, a coalition of armed groups launched an offensive to try and derail the 27 December 2020 election causing further displacements throughout the country. The violence temporarily halted transport along the country’s main supply route between Bangui and Garoua-Boulai, in Cameroon.

2021 Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition (SHCC) Report

The SHCC identified eight incidents of violence against or obstruction of health care in the CAR in 2020, compared to 13 such incidents in 2019.

Incidents were reported in five of the CAR’s 16 prefectures and the capital, Bangui. They were most frequent in Nana-Grébizi prefecture, which has a history of violence and insecurity.

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Compared to 2019, violence against and obstruction of health care decreased in 2020.

In Haut-Mbomou prefecture health workers were kidnapped during a measles vaccination campaign by Ex-Seleka Union of Congolese Patriots (UPC). Whilst in Nana-Grébizi province, armed groups frequently targeted aid volunteer organisations and health INGOs during armed robberies. Data


Our Global Interactive Map on Threats and Violence against Health Care provides access to continuously updated information on violence against health care in conflict and related to COVID-19.