The HIV / AIDS epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. HIV / AIDS policy fact sheet.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has more than one million people estimated to be living with HIV/AIDS (1.1 million as of the end of 2003). Although the DRC's HIV/AIDS prevalence rate (the percent of people living with the disease), is still relatively low (4.2%) compared to the sub-Saharan African region overall and to some of the region's hardest hit countries, this low-income country is in a post-conflict period and faces numerous challenges including HIV/AIDS. The Government of the DRC established a National AIDS Control Programme in 1987 and has a National HIV/AIDS Strategic Plan for 1999-2008. (excerpt)