Congo health officials draw up measures for war conditions

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 09 February 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:320
  1. Mark Hunter
  1. Leeds

    When Mount Nyiragongo erupted in the Democratic Republic of Congo last month it was merely nature's contribution to a public health disaster that has been continuing throughout four years of bloody civil war.

    Indeed, aid agencies are already concerned that, with pictures of the lava devastated town of Gomo no longer featuring in daily news bulletins, the world will once again turn a blind eye towards a catastrophe described by the World Health Organization as “one of the greatest humanitarian disasters of all time.”

    It is estimated that over 200000 civilians have been killed directly by violence in the republic over the past three …

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