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In the Democratic Republic of Congo, access to quality health care is problematic for most of the country’s inhabitants.
This country, which is the second-largest nation in Africa, lies next-to-bottom in the human development index (HDI) rankings. The seriously dilapidated state of the country’s roads and sanitary facilities, and the extreme poverty afflicting the majority of its inhabitants, have significant consequences in terms of health. The problems affect the whole of this vast country.
In addition, for more than fifteen years now, the Democratic Republic of Congo has been destabilised by an alarming humanitarian crisis marked by violent armed conflicts, mainly in the provinces of North and South Kivu (in the east of the country), epidemics (cholera, measles and viral haemorrhagic fever), increased exposure to natural disasters (flooding, landslides, volcanic eruptions and brush fires) and a widespread context of poverty and insecurity. The situation has seen widespread population movements both within the country and across its borders as refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo seek safety in neighbouring countries.