Increased fighting between armed groups in the Central African Republic forced thousands to flee their homes at the end of November. More than 10,000 people found shelter at an improvised site inside the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). An estimated 1,200 other families moved in with host families in various Bria neighbourhoods.
The state of hygiene and sanitation services at the improvised site was critical, while a lack of latrines, showers and water sources only exacerbated the situation. The influx of displaced people in host communities increased pressure on existing infrastructure, and required the construction of a new refugee site near the MINUSCA base.
Oxfam-Québec worked to provide safe access to water, hygiene and sanitation for people affected by the conflict, in centres for displaced people and in Bria neighbourhoods.
They delivered and disinfected water for displaced persons at the MINUSCA site, improved and restored water sources in host neighbourhoods, and constructed latrines, showers, waste management facilities in the displacement site.
They distributed hygiene kits to displaced people at the site and in host neighbourhoods and organized activities to strengthen prevention mechanisms and reduce risk for civilians, primarily through awareness campaigns and separate meetings with residents and displaced people.