Chinese Medical Teams in the DRC: A Comparative Case Study

Image: Flickr, Ilcos Norte
Image: Flickr, Ilcos Norte

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is, by area, the largest Sub-Saharan African country, with a population of almost 100 million people. At the end of 2018, the DRC went through its first peaceful transition of power since independence in 1960.

While bright prospects await the country, years of conflict and civil unrest have left many challenges for various sectors. Although the DRC has some of the highest rates of infant mortality, under—5 mortality, and maternal mortality in the world as of 2015, total health expenditure comprised only 3.6 percent of 2015’s total gross domestic product. Government spending accounted for half of the funding, while the rest came from external resources and official development assistance (ODA).

1 Jan 2017