Surgery at Bangui’s Complexe Pediatrique

1 in 3 of our patients is a child.

Our projects in Central African Republic

The war in the Central African Republic began in 2012 and has not yet ended. The critical stage is over, but the situation in the country is still highly unstable: the war between the opposing Seleka and Anti-Balaka factions has resulted in thousands of deaths and millions of displaced persons. The situation in the capital, where international troops are stationed, is more under control, but shootings and widespread crime have kept tensions running high.

Immediately after the coup d’etat of late March 2013, and at the request of the director of the paediatric hospital, we sent a specialised war surgery team to the country to care for wounded children. An EMERGENCY team is now working at the Complexe Pédiatrique (the public paediatric hospital) in Bangui. Working closely with local staff, our doctors and nurses quickly re-established two Operating Theatres and began working on war and non war-related surgery.

The following year we renovated both the surgical unit and the wards. With security conditions improving, war surgery operations have become less frequent, with an increase in emergency surgery instead. Our operating theatres are still the point of reference for paediatric surgery for the entire country.

Following a request from the World Health Organisation, in 2014 EMERGENCY worked to reopen the local blood bank that had come up against huge difficulties because of the war. Two EMERGENCY laboratory operators trained local staff to use new machines and organised campaigns for blood donation and distribution. Blood is now once again available at all hospitals, with greater guarantees for its quality and safety.