The financing needs for the PRSP were estimated at US$1.1 billion in a pledging conference held in Brussels in November 2007.
These figures reflected the most recent estimates for real GDP growth rates, updated since the release of the APR.
MINUCART: Mission in the Central African Republic and Chad; EUFOR: European Union Force; MICOPAX: Mission for the Consolidation of Peace in Central Africa.
The share of key sectors in the budget (education, health, social welfare, infrastructures, and rural development) increased from 34 percent in 2007 to 38 percent in 2008, with a notable increase in the allocation to infrastructure, health, and education. However, the allocations for rural development, the fight against diseases and epidemics, and potable water in small towns and rural areas fell in 2008. Government is lacking comprehensive budget data that would include external donor support. It is therefore not clear to what extent declining allocations in the official budget reflected expected donor support in these areas.
The immunization rate declined as of September 2008 but the APR provides justification for this trend, which is related to the WHO recommendation to administer a different vaccine.
Significant progress has been made in rehabilitating the infrastructure needed to roll out HIV/AIDS including mother-to-child-transmission-prevention centers, counseling, testing, and treatment, which was complemented by training for health agents and distribution of condoms through a social marketing program involving NGOs.
In health, the Government’s main objectives are to refurbish the sanitation infrastructure, increase the availability of basic health care, reduce infant and maternal mortality, fight endemic diseases, and promote a multisectoral approach to initiatives aiming at combating HIV/AIDS.