CRS Work in Central African RepublicCRS works in the following areas in the Central African Republic:
CRS is supplying medical kits containing essential equipment and medications to a network of health posts throughout the war-torn areas of the country. Many of these health posts have been closed down because of a lack of supplies, equipment and looting. However, CRS is working through ASSOMESCA, an inter-religious organization that coordinates with the health outposts of religious groups in the CAR, to re-supply rural health facilities.
These emergency health kits will help Central Africans receive treatment for common diseases such as malaria and will allow health care workers to go back to work. In conjunction with this distribution, CRS and ASSOMESCA are broadcasting radio programs on basic health and sanitation. These broadcasts, which are in the local language, are helping to maintain a crippled health care infrastructure in a desperately poor and war-torn country.
HIV and AIDS Education
CRS is also responding to the increasing rates of HIV infection in the country by publishing and distributing easy-to-read HIV and AIDS educational materials. Working through the Diocese of Bangassou, CRS is providing residents with clear information in their local language so that they can protect themselves from the virus and prevent the further spread of HIV and AIDS in the CAR.
Artisans for the Consolidation of Peace
Working with the Episcopal Justice and Peace Commission of Central African Republic, CRS is supporting the development of a network of trained "Artisans for Peace" in the CAR. These individuals, who come from all levels of the Central African society, are trained in conflict resolution and reconciliation techniques. Using their skills, they are organizing peace clubs throughout Bangui and are planning to hold an annual "mobilization for peace" campaign. They are also in the process of establishing a permanent structure for dialogue between the government and members of civil society.