On life support

A battered health system leaves DRC children at the mercy of killer diseases

Teacher and his students singing while on their way to their class, which is a temporary tent school in Kasaï region, Democratic Republic of the Congo.


The Democratic Republic of the Congo continues to face an acute and complex humanitarian crisis. Like the rest of the world, the country is now grappling with the mounting threat from the coronavirus, COVID-19.

This report highlights the pressures put on the country’s already battered health-care system as it struggles with measles and cholera epidemics that are causing the deaths of thousands of children. The report further sheds light on how ongoing efforts to contain an Ebola outbreak in the east of the country have diverted attention and resources from already strained health-care facilities.

In the report, UNICEF calls on the Government to allocate more of its budget for vital health-care services supporting pregnant women, newborn and young children, and to prioritize the strengthening of routine immunization and other primary health services in every province of the country.




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