Mother and child health care assistance

International staff : 3

Regional instability continues to affect the population, the vast majority of whom live in great poverty and have little or no access to health care. In May 1999, MSF launched a project supporting three maternity wards in Bangui. This project targets 99,000 women and their future new-borns and will run for three years. The main focus is on technical assistance, management and rehabilitation. MSF intends to build or rehabilitate surgical theatres inside the maternity wards. In January 1999 MSF gave medical assistance to refugees coming from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in a transit camp located in Bangui Port. By February, MSF finally managed to support the nearest health structures in Zongo and Libengue towns inside DRC, a boat-ride away. In March 1999 a rise in meningitis cases was reported in those northern parts of the country bordering Chad and Cameroon. An MSF exploratory mission saw cases of meningitis but nothing to indicate an epidemic or the onset of one. The organisation donated chloramphenicol to health structures in the affected regions.