Republic of the Congo

In Brazzaville, petty street crime targeting foreigners is rare. There is of course occasional crimes of opportunity, like muggings and pick pocketing near the ports in Pointe Noire and Brazzaville at night, and sometimes in the Congolese neighborhoods surrounding Brazzaville's City Center. That said, the city feels relaxed and largely safe even at night.

It is, of course, highly recommended to leave all valuable items at home. However Brazzaville is one of Africa's safer cities, and certainly one of its safest capitals. Most other tourist and Africa travel destinations, including Nairobi and Johannesburg and Lagos, are far more dangerous. Expats and tourists generally can walk at night here with reasonable vigilance. Kinshasa is not safe. Brazzaville is quite fine.

There have been some demonstrations against the re-election of President Sassou in July 2009. Some foreign reporters were assaulted by riot police and had their equipment destroyed. It is generally safe to walk the streets, but stay well away from demonstrations.

Population estimates for this country explicitly take into account the effects of excess mortality due to AIDS; this can result in lower life expectancy, higher infant mortality and death rates, lower population and growth rates, and changes in the distribution of population by age and sex than would otherwise be expected. In any case use your common sense: DO NOT HAVE UNPROTECTED SEX.

The likelihood of getting malaria is very high if effective preventative medication is not taken. The malaria caused by Plasmodium falciparum can be very serious. Medical attention should be sought if any symptoms are shown.

Medical care is substandard throughout the country. Hospitals lack modern equipment, necessary medical supplies and medications, and well-trained physicians, nurses and support staff.

o Netcare Clinic:Address: B.P. 2422, Brazzaville, CongoTel: 547 0911 Main Line OR 679 6711

This facility was initially opened in 2002. It is a franchise from South Africa. It is clean, has facilities for 3 private rooms, an ambulance, a one bed emergency room, basic radiography, pharmacy and a laboratory with microscopy, haematology, and basic chemists. There are two main doctors (Dr.ALI,a Lebanese doctor who considered as the best medic in NETCARE and Dr.STEPHAN,a French doctor who is also a good doctor.

o Pharmacie Mavre Tel: 81 18 39Located in Centreville, next to the Cabinet Dentaire buildingBrazzaville boasts a number of pharmacies, but Pharmacie Mavre is recommended. Please remember to always check the expiration dates on boxes before purchasing any products.

contact

You can talk to your loved ones using any of the three mobile operators MTN, CelTel now Zain, or Warid

The local call rate are relatively cheap and cost you around 20 to 30 FCFA /min

respect

White travelers should take care while travelling in the Republic. Racial tension and discrimination is not uncommon here, so be safe and keep to yourself.

talk

The official language of the RoC is French. The main indigenous languages are Kituba and Lingala.