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Democratic Republic of the Congo
In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), life expectancy is approximately 45 years. Infant mortality rates have risen and the maternal mortality rate is among the highest in the world, according to the World Health Organization. Prevailing diseases include malaria, tuberculosis and cholera and more than 20,000 new cases of HIV infection are being identified each year.
Due to these and other factors, the Johns Hopkins CCGHE has identifed the DRC as a country in great need of clinical training. Inroads to improving health care education have already begun.
Currently Johns Hopkins Division of Infectious Diseases Grand Rounds are webcast to centers in the DRC, and being recorded and archived for later viewing. This is only the beginning. The CCGHE plans to develop and deploy many more timely and relevant distance education courses to this country in the future.