Ousman’s Journey to Our Hospital in Bangui


Ousman and his father Adou
Photo credit: Marta SOSZYNSKA/MSF

The Central African Republic (CAR) is among the least developed countries in the world. It is ranked 180 out of 186 countries in the UNDP Human Development Index (HDI). Life expectancy at birth in CAR is 43.7 years. Access to basic healthcare services is minimal, and there is a true lack of personnel with adequate training to run the existing medical facilities in the country.

Our Bangui Pediatric Center opened in 2009 and is part of the EMERGENCY Regional Health Program for Africa consisting of a network of facilities providing free of charge pediatric health care in the region. The Center is open 24 hours a day, and offers health assistance, and health and hygiene education to children up to the age of 14.

Unfortunately, recent violence has only made accessing care more difficult. It took over a month for eight-year-old Ousman to reach MSF’s facility in Bria, during which an infection in his knee had spread to his entire leg. Ousman is now doing better and has been transferred to our Pediatric Center in Bangui.

To help more children like Ousman receive the lifesaving care they need, click here to donate now. 

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