Democratic Republic of the Congo
Following the December 2002 peace agreement, strife has subsided in most of the country and the international community, cautiously optimistic, has begun launching major reconstruction programmes. However, the humanitarian needs remain extensive and assistance is inadequate as access to much of the country is hampered by its size and by continued instability in the East. The 2006 Plan of Action (POA) for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) focuses on humanitarian and transition programmes though three pillars of needs, illustrating the complexity of the situation. Poverty, displacement, natural disasters, limited access to health services and alarming environmental health conditions are exacerbating the high vulnerability of the population to poor health.