69 The National Immunization Days had been instituted to deal with a crisis

69 the national immunization days had been instituted

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69. The National Immunization Days had been instituted to deal with a crisis situation, namely, the major fresh upsurge of poliomyelitis. Every year, a large scale mobilization and immunization campaign was organized. At the same time, a systematic immunization programme was being implemented in the country’s 307 health centres. 70. The CHAIRPERSON asked whether the Government had programmes to combat and, more specifically, to prevent HIV/AIDS infection, in addition to its scheme to help pregnant HIV-positive women. He wished to have more information on the law prohibiting the use of contraception. 71. Ms. EBAMBA BOBOTO (Democratic Republic of the Congo) said that such a law existed, but was no longer enforced, particularly in view of the fact that the Government was now appealing to the population as a whole to protect itself from sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). 72. Ms. KENDA BAKAJIKA (Democratic Republic of the Congo) said that the law prohibiting the use of contraception had been adopted at a time when the Government’s view had been that the birth rate should not be limited. Since that time, with the increase in the population and the emergence of the HIV/AIDS infection pandemias, the situation had changed and the law would be repealed so as not to undermine the Government’s new demographic policy. With the support of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the Ministry of Health ran a national programme to promote family planning and to combat HIV/AIDS infection and other STDs. Under that programme, aimed mainly at adolescents, facilities had been set up to help pregnant HIV-positive women and take care of AIDS orphans. On the radio and on television, information campaigns were broadcast in which HIV or AIDS victims, through their testimony, helped the population to become more aware of the reality of that illness. 73. The CHAIRPERSON requested more specific information on the measures taken by the Government to ensure that adoptions were legal and, given the crisis besieging the country, to ensure that abducted children, particularly by Rwandan and Angolan forces, did not become victims of the slave trade. 74. Ms. EBAMBA BOBOTO (Democratic Republic of the Congo) said that the children who had been taken by force to Rwanda and Uganda were still there. In Uganda, they were confined
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CRC/C/SR.706 page 12 to camps where they underwent military training in order to be used to fight against their own country. 75. Ms. MODUA (Democratic Republic of the Congo) said that legal adoption was indeed rare in Congolese culture, but that it was officially regulated in the Family Code. For a child to be adopted, an application had to be submitted to the court, which handed down its ruling after a lengthy procedure involving a social investigation. Intercountry adoptions had to be approved by the Ministry of Social Affairs. The procedure also applied to children adopted by close relatives. The Government was thus trying to legalize the traditional practice whereby orphans were cared for by other members of the family.
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  • Summer '16
  • Ramon Wawire
  • Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Commercial sexual exploitation of children, Child abduction

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