Armed attacks against the central government of the Central African Republic resulted in a complex political and humanitarian crisis, leading to the internal displacement of around 20 per cent of the country’s population and an influx of refugees in neighbouring countries.
Most refugees entering Cameroon spent weeks living in the bush without access to sufficient water, food or medical treatment.
The Batouri district hospital which hosts a nutrition centre for malnourished children handled more than 260 cases of refugee children suffering from malnutrition with complications such as tuberculosis, pneumonia, anemia and dehydration beginning in March 2014.
Humanitarian Coalition member Plan International Canada focused its response on the nutritional needs of children in the east region of Cameroon, through local hospitals, clinics and Plan Public Health Centres. Activities included nutrition screening and monitoring, provision of therapeutic and supplementary feeding for the malnourished – with special attention give to children under 5 and pregnant and lactating women, training of health workers, community management of childhood illnesses, and training for women on how to improve the diet with locally available food.