Posted by: Home Strange Home | June 10, 2009

Health Worker Shortage in Central African Republic

The global shortage of trained health workers is hardest felt in Africa, especially in conflict or post-conflict countries such as Liberia, Somalia, Sudan, and the Central African Republic (CAR). 

In CAR, a landlocked country the size of France with a population of four million, there are only 2,900 health workers, many of whom are poorly trained or not trained at all.  CAR has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world, with twice as many women dying in childbirth as in 1997.  There are only 43 midwives in the whole country, 40 of which are in the capital Bangui. 

Merlin, international medical aid agency, is working to train health workers outside of the capital and in remote districts.  

Source: Developments magazine, DFID.

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