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Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

February 11, 2014 10:17 ET

Canada Provides Additional Humanitarian Assistance to the Central African Republic

Canada deeply concerned for those affected by the ongoing conflict in the impoverished African country

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Feb. 11, 2014) - Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, today announced an additional contribution from Canada to address the dire humanitarian needs of the people affected by conflict and food insecurity in the Central African Republic (CAR).

The Government is providing financial support to UNICEF to address the water and sanitation, health and nutrition, emergency education, protection, and basic relief needs. Canada is also providing emergency food and nutrition assistance to vulnerable people across the country through the World Food Programme. With Canadian funds, Save the Children Canada will provide child protection, health, and nutrition services to vulnerable people in Nana Grebizi, a region particularly affected by the violence.

Almost one million people, or a quarter of the population, are currently displaced by violence that began escalating when rebels seized power in the former French colony in March 2013.

Quick Facts

  • Canada's support, totalling $5 million, will help address the needs of more than 4.5 million people, including women and children.
  • Almost one million people, or a one quarter of the population, are currently displaced.
  • Under Prime Minister Stephen Harper's leadership, maternal, newborn and child health is a top priority for Canada.
  • Violence began escalating when rebels seized power in March 2013.

Quotes

"Hundreds of thousands of displaced people are struggling to overcome the impacts of the conflict in the Central African Republic. Canada is providing additional humanitarian support to ensure all those impacted have access to food, water and medical care."

- Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and Minister for La Francophonie

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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.

For more information on Canadian initiatives in the Central African Republic, please visit the DFATD website.

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