Bangui Paediatric Centre

Central African Republic - Bangui

186,585

Patients treated in the outpatient clinic

13,145

Admitted patients

50,702

Antenatal care consultations

In Bangui, EMERGENCY staff visit up to 100 children and 20 pregnant women a day.

According to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) data, the Central African Republic ranks second lowest on the Human Development Index, with a life expectancy at birth of just 50 years. The under 5 mortality rate is 129 deaths per 1,000 live-born children. The main causes of death are easily treatable diseases, such as malaria, which are often aggravated by malnutrition. These are responsible for 60% of hospital admissions at the Centre.

The Bangui Paediatric Centre, open 24 hours a day, offers basic and emergency care for children up to 14 years of age and carries out hygienic health education for families. At the Centre, we also take care of the theoretical and practical training of national staff.

Antenatal care programme

The Paediatric Centre offers an antenatal care service: a local obstetric, present five days a week, visits pregnant women, follows their pregnancy, and is available for consultation on family planning methods.

Training local operators

In addition to training activities for our staff, in October 2014 we started a collaboration with a local association that manages small health centres for training local emergency management operators, especially paediatricians.

Reopening the national blood bank

Since 2014 we have collaborated with the National Blood Bank (Centre Nationale de Transfusion Sanguine – CNTS) in Bangui. At the request of the World Health Organisation, we assisted in the reopening of the Blood Bank, which had faced great difficulties during the conflict.

Two EMERGENCY laboratory workers trained location staff to use new machines and reorganised their blood collection and distribution mechanisms. Thanks to this project – which also included campaigns in local communities to raise awareness of the importance of blood donation – the availability of safe blood in hospitals has increased.

The National Blood Bank collects over 19,000 packets of blood a year. These packets are then tested and distributed to those hospitals in the country that require them. Almost all of the packets are used in life-saving treatments, and more than half of them are used to treat children under the age of 5.

For more information

Project Sheet: EMERGENCY Paediatric Centre in Bangui, Central African Republic

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EMERGENCY’s Paediatric Centre activities in Bangui explained to children.

This project is co-funded by the European Union – EU Delegation to the Central African Republic

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