Few countries in the world have had a history as tragic as that of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The country’s on-going conflict, poverty, corruption and decades of kleptocratic leadership have utterly devastated the vast nation. Over 1200 people die everyday in the DRC as a direct result of the conflict, however the vast majority of the deaths are not from armed confrontation but from preventable causes such as malnutrition, malaria, cholera, tuberculosis or HIV/AIDS, a consequence of the complete lack of even basic healthcare, social services or infrastructure. The groups that are most affected are the most vulnerable: children and the elderly. This story looks at the precarious situation that the Congolese population face and their daily struggle to obtain medical attention.
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Mines Advisory Group (MAG).