DR Congo

Violence Against or Obstruction of Health Care in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

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At 2:30 AM on February 1, 2021 armed men broke into a hospital providing Ebola treatment in Mambasa territory, Ituri province. Soldiers of the Armed Forces of the DRC (FARDC) guarding the health facility were unable to prevent militants from entering the hospital. The armed men looted four vehicles from the hospital courtyard before trying to break into the wards by breaking the windows. The intervention of UN peacekeepers forced them to flee before they could enter the patients’ area.

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The Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition (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. The decrease from 2019 was likely attributable to the end of the tenth Ebola outbreak in eastern DRC, which had been marred by extensive violence against responders. Violence by conflict parties continued at high levels, however.

This factsheet is based on the dataset 2020 SHCC Health Care DRC Data, which is available on the Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX).