Strides Made in Family Planning, but Reaching Youth Remains a Critical Challenge

Two adolescent females at the market in Kinshasa

A vast, diverse and populous country, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) faces many development challenges. With maternal and infant mortality rates among the highest in the world, combined with high fertility rates, a rapidly growing population and low contraceptive use, reproductive health is arguably one of the country’s most pressing and complex issues.

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Putting Quality at the Center of Universal Health Coverage

Quality. An elusive, hard-to-measure concept and current buzzword in discussions on the provision of health services. This word is everywhere, and it is rare to hear or read anything about health services without “quality” entering the dialogue. That is definite progress, especially when it comes to universal health coverage (UHC).

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