Mortality, violence and lack of access to healthcare in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10144/37315
Title:
Mortality, violence and lack of access to healthcare in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Authors:
Van Herp, M; Parqué, V; Rackley, E; Ford, N
Journal:
Disasters
Abstract:
The people of the Democratic Republic of Congo for decades have been living in a situation of chronic crisis. Violence, population displacement and the destruction of infrastructure and health services have devastated the health of the population. In 2001, Médicins Sans Frontières conducted a survey in five areas of western and central DRC to assess mortality, access to health-care, vaccination coverage and exposure to violence. High mortality rates were found in front-line zones, mainly due to malnutrition and infectious diseases. In Basankusu approximately 10 per cent of the total population and 25 per cent of the under-five population had perished in the year before the survey. Humanitarian needs remain acute across the country, particularly near the front line. Infectious-disease control and treatment are a priority, as is increasing access to health-care. Humanitarian assistance must be increased considerably, especially in rural areas and zones that have been affected directly by conflict.
Affiliation:
Nathan.FORD@london.msf.org
Issue Date:
Jun-2003
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10144/37315
PubMed ID:
12825437
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
0361-3666
Appears in Collections:
Emergencies/refugees

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorVan Herp, M-
dc.contributor.authorParqué, V-
dc.contributor.authorRackley, E-
dc.contributor.authorFord, N-
dc.date.accessioned2008-09-05T09:18:16Z-
dc.date.available2008-09-05T09:18:16Z-
dc.date.issued2003-06-
dc.identifier.citationMortality, violence and lack of access to healthcare in the Democratic Republic of Congo. 2003, 27 (2):141-53notDisastersen
dc.identifier.issn0361-3666-
dc.identifier.pmid12825437-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10144/37315-
dc.description.abstractThe people of the Democratic Republic of Congo for decades have been living in a situation of chronic crisis. Violence, population displacement and the destruction of infrastructure and health services have devastated the health of the population. In 2001, Médicins Sans Frontières conducted a survey in five areas of western and central DRC to assess mortality, access to health-care, vaccination coverage and exposure to violence. High mortality rates were found in front-line zones, mainly due to malnutrition and infectious diseases. In Basankusu approximately 10 per cent of the total population and 25 per cent of the under-five population had perished in the year before the survey. Humanitarian needs remain acute across the country, particularly near the front line. Infectious-disease control and treatment are a priority, as is increasing access to health-care. Humanitarian assistance must be increased considerably, especially in rural areas and zones that have been affected directly by conflict.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.rightsPublished by Wiley-Blackwell Archived on this site with the kind permission of Wiley-Blackwell, [url]http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/loi/DISA[/url]en
dc.subject.meshAdulten
dc.subject.meshAltruismen
dc.subject.meshCause of Deathen
dc.subject.meshChilden
dc.subject.meshChild, Preschoolen
dc.subject.meshCommunicable Disease Controlen
dc.subject.meshDemocratic Republic of the Congoen
dc.subject.meshFemaleen
dc.subject.meshHealth Prioritiesen
dc.subject.meshHealth Services Accessibilityen
dc.subject.meshHealth Status Indicatorsen
dc.subject.meshHealth Surveysen
dc.subject.meshHumansen
dc.subject.meshInfanten
dc.subject.meshMaleen
dc.subject.meshMortalityen
dc.subject.meshNeeds Assessmenten
dc.subject.meshPopulation Surveillanceen
dc.subject.meshRefugeesen
dc.subject.meshRelief Worken
dc.subject.meshRural Healthen
dc.subject.meshVaccinationen
dc.subject.meshViolenceen
dc.subject.meshWaren
dc.titleMortality, violence and lack of access to healthcare in the Democratic Republic of Congo.en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentNathan.FORD@london.msf.orgen
dc.identifier.journalDisastersen
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