New Canadian Humanitarian Assistance for the Central African Republic

The Government of Canada today announced funding totalling $5 million to help address the increased humanitarian needs of people affected by the conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR) in 2014.

The funding will be provided as follows:

UNICEF: $1.5 million to UNICEF to address water and sanitation, health and nutrition, emergency education, protection, and basic relief needs of conflict-affected people in CAR.

Canada's support will contribute to the following:

Expected Results/Activities:

  • 16,800 children under five suffering from malnutrition will receive treatment;
  • 650,000 vulnerable people will have access to potable water in sufficient quantities;
  • 150,000 displaced people will have access to improved sanitation;
  • 1,500 children will be released from armed forces and groups;
  • 2,000 women and girls identified as survivors of sexual violence will receive medical and psychosocial support;
  • 400,000 children will receive learning and play materials;
  • 739,000 children under five will be immunized against measles; and
  • 592,000 children and 152,000 women will receive treated bed nets.

World Food Programme (WFP): $2 million to help WFP provide some 1.3 million vulnerable people with food and nutrition assistance in CAR.

Expected Results/Activities:

  • 1,112,000 vulnerable people, including refugees and displaced people, will receive in-kind food assistance;
  • 205,500 children under five suffering from malnutrition, and pregnant or lactating women, will receive targeted or blanket supplementary feeding;
  • 15,500 people living with HIV/AIDS will receive food assistance; and
  • 197,000 children will benefit from emergency school feeding.

Save the Children Canada: $1.5 million to help Save the Children Canada provide child protection, health, and nutrition services to vulnerable people in Nana-Gribizi region, CAR. More than 50,000 people will benefit from this project.

Expected Results/Activities:

  • Up to 1,600 children (800 boys, 800 girls) will receive psychosocial support through attending four child-friendly spaces;
  • Up to 150 children affected by grave child rights violations will gain access to robust medical, psychosocial, and other types of assistance;
  • Seven community-based child protection networks will be trained and supported to engage communities in child protection issues and identify and follow up on child protection violations;
  • Up to 600 youth will receive training in life skills through the creation and support of 12 youth clubs;
  • Up to 28,330 people will benefit from primary health care through support to nine health facilities;
  • Up to 37,773 people will benefit from essential medicines and vaccination campaigns; and
  • Up to 6,537 children suffering from acute malnutrition will receive treatment.