Africa Coup Update

From the Atlantic Big Picture blog


Not directly a coup, and the rebels are out (for now), and the Guardian gives us an update:

Few of the things a city needs in order to function – electricity, fuel, banks, marketplaces, and basic government services such as the town hall or judiciary – are fully up and running.

There are other, less visible but equally pernicious problems, including a breakdown in the fabric of a citizenry long-famed, thanks to Timbuktu’s location at the crossroads of the Sahara, for its cosmopolitan mix of cultures and ethnicities. Mali also contends with a chronic regional food security crisis that leaves millions of people teetering on the edge of catastrophe every time the rains fail.

Central African Republic

Did you know there was a coup in the CAF in March? Neither did I until today, or maybe I forgot. Anyways, the country is now facing a malaria crisis as the remnants of the health care system collapse with the exodus of foreign workers and agencies. Médicins sans Frontières are stepping up, but the situation looks really bleak:

MSF said in the first quarter, health facilities it supported treated about 74,700 patients for malaria, a 33% increase over the same period in 2012

…disruption of the health system has interrupted treatment of people with HIV. It estimates that about 11,000 HIV-positive people (73% of all people who are on antiretroviral treatment) have had their treatment interrupted due to drug supply problems. Routine vaccinations for diseases such as measles, meningitis and whooping cough have also been disrupted.

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