Pooled Fund Impact

Health care for mothers and children who fled violence

Central African Republic
Médecins du Monde France


Etomane IDP site, CAR. "Our house was burnt down.When we fled, we lost everything. I don't know in which direction my husbandleft,” says Amina, age 23, who fled violence in her hometown.

“I found refuge at the Etomane site with my son. AsI was pregnant, I received assistance from Médecins du Monde France. I could undergo prenatal consultations, received care and was able todo some tests before the birth. Everything was free. My baby was born prematureat seven and a half months. He is still under medical supervision at the healthcentre in Ippy," says Amina.

Over 602,000 Central Africans are currentlyinternally displaced, while 738,000 others havesought refuge in neighboring countries, fleeing violent clashes that havelasted for more than a decade. The CAR Humanitarian Fund supported 54 projectsin 2021, including the health project that Amina and her baby accessed.

Life is not easy in Etomane. “Conditions aredifficult,” says a Abella. “We have many needs, but at least health care issomething less to worry about.”

Names have been changed.

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