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Excessive mortality in Central African Republic is out of control, warns charity

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 16 December 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d8198
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. 1London

The Central African Republic is in the grip of a chronic medical emergency with some of the world’s worst crude mortality rates, says the charity Médecins Sans Frontières.

Recent studies have shown mortality rates in some areas of the country to be three times the World Health Organization’s emergency threshold of one death per 10 000 people per day. The charity maintains that such rates “constitute a humanitarian crisis, and indicate that the situation is out of control.”

The country has the second lowest life expectancy in the world, at 48 years (just above …

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