AllAfrica.com is reporting that Britain will provide an expansive new health care program in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The US$270.7 million (£179 million) initiative will last five years and aid in rebuilding facilities, training care givers, and supplying medications and equipment. Humanitarian news group IRIN has released five key health issues in the country that the project should address. These areas include maternal and child health, sexual violence, diarrhoeal diseases, immunization, and HIV.
Civil war has destroyed much of the country’s health infrastructure, as well as the road networks and vital services such as electricity, meaning patients often have to travel long distances to health centres that may not be equipped to handle their complications.
This news brief was written by Kaitlin Higgins, editorial assistant for The Burton Wire.