Updated on 20/05/2021
In 2020, ongoing armed conflict between government forces and armed groups in the DRC’s northeastern Kivu and Ituri provinces continued to cause insecurity for health workers and organizations operating in the region.
Ebola-related mistrust among local communities based on misinformation and rumours spread person-to-person and online affected both the safety of health workers and the progress of Ebola treatment and prevention in north-eastern DRC in 2020.
2021 Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition (SHCC) Report
The SHCC identified 81 incidents of violence against or obstruction of health care in the DRC in 2020, compared to 434 such incidents in 2019. In these incidents, health facilities were damaged and destroyed, and health workers were killed and injured.