Congo

Information for Patients
Healthcare in the Republic of the Congo is underserved, without appropriate medical expertise to carry out vital services. Private sector healthcare is of higher quality in both the capital, Brazzaville and the city of Pointe-Noire. Expats are recommended to ensure they have their own health insurance coverage prior to establishing themselves in the Republic of Congo.


Information for Health Care Professionals
All approval and consultations are required to be done via the Congolese Embassy or representation within your jurisdiction. Please consult both the local Congolese embassy/consulate as well as the representative of a key Congolese medical society in order to understand the requirements needed to practice medicine in the Republic of Congo. Fluency in French is required in order to practice in the Republic of Congo.

French is the language of instruction for medical education in the Republic of the Congo.


Information for Travelers 
A considerable amount of health tourism from the DRC occurs in Congo-Brazzaville due to the relatively better suited structure of the country’s health system. While the private sector has better healthcare services, expats may have to be evacuated to another country in order to receive adequate health care services due to the deficiency in care provided within the Republic of the Congo. Languages vary per region in Congo-Brazzaville thus it is important to ensure that one is knowledgeable of the local language of the region one finds themselves in prior to going. All health professionals are fluent however in French and very few speak English. 

Yellow fever vaccinations along with certificate is required prior to arrival in the country. Hepatitis A and B, along with Cholera, shots are recommended prior to arrival. Malarial tablets are also recommended. Ebola remains a particular risk in parts of the country. Please refer to your governments travel advisory for more updated information on the country’s status. 

Link to the Ministry of health website for that country:  http://www.minisanterdc.cd/new/accueil 

 

 

References:
https://www.who.int/workforcealliance/countries/cog/en/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28341302
https://www.rbfhealth.org/project/republic-congo
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1201971216311961
https://www.britannica.com/place/Republic-of-the-Congo/Health-and-welfare