The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has made substantial progress against HIV, TB and malaria. Malaria mortality rate for children under 5 is steadily decreasing and coverage for routine distribution of mosquito nets will reach 90 percent of households by end of 2017. The country’s tuberculosis control program has proven effective, with a treatment success rate of 89 percent.
However, political and security challenges in the DRC are the main factors undermining the design and implementation of effective health programs. Together with Nigeria, DRC accounts for more than 35 percent of the global total estimated malaria deaths. It is also one of the countries with the highest rates of TB/HIV co-infection in the world. Future efforts will focus on addressing barriers to health care for the most vulnerable and key populations, supporting scale up of integrated community case management through new partnerships and improving integrated services for TB/HIV co-infection.
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