MSF treats nearly 20,000 sexual violence survivors in five years, and this is only the tip of the iceberg

Sexual violence in the Central African Republic is an invisible public health emergency. While there has been a positive evolution over the last five years and more survivors have reportedly had access to care, the number of patients seen is still just the tip of the iceberg. More action is needed by both the Government and other national and international organizations.

Between 2018 and 2022, Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in the Central African Republic (CAR) treated over 19,500 survivors of sexual violence across the country. Over this five-year period MSF saw three times the number of survivors. This report reviews the work done by our teams across the country  between 2018 and 2022,  in order to try to shed a bit more of light on the problem and help to renew calls for more concrete actions to both the Government and other national and international organizations, in order to improve the availability and quality of services for sexual violence survivors in the country.

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