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Last Updated: Wednesday, 11 January 2006, 09:54 GMT
In pictures: DR Congo - a forgotten disaster

All photos - copyright WHO/Marko Kokic

War, malnutrition and disease have killed at least 3.8m people in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the last seven years.

Many health centres are in disrepair. This clinic in Bengamisa, in east DR Congo, is at risk of collapse.

This is the operating theatre, where babies are delivered and operations carried out.

Health workers struggle to resusictate a child at Linguili General Hospital who has meningitis.

Dr Andre N'Sumbu Kiang of Kabando General Hospital, Kisangi, shows how patients use their possessions to pay for care.

Nurse Arobuna Sidoni is rarely paid her US$5 a month salary.

The shortage of facilities means those which exist are inundated by patients.

This mother gave birth in hospital, but most have their babies at home.

World Health Organization workers travel to remote areas to monitor health to try to pick up cases of disease.

The WHO has also provided kits, like these for cholera care, to try to fill gaps in the country's provisions. All images copyright WHO/Marco Kokic.






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