Democratic Republic of the Congo

Children in DR Congo collect clean water to treat waterborne diseases.
Photo: ACF-DRC, J. Asenbrennerova
Population
77.43 million
Malnutrition in Children under 5
24%
2010, UNICEF
Our Team
236 employees
Program Start
1996

People Helped in 2014: 390,548

104,117
People Received Nutritional Support 
203,740
People Accessed Safe Water and Sanitation 
82,691
People Gained Economic Self Sufficiency 

The Democratic Republic of Congo is one of the largest countries in Africa, with a population of 65 million people and the second largest land mass on the continent. Suffering decades of conflict, regional war, and political neglect, the scale of humanitarian needs in the D.R. Congo becomes clear when you understand that nearly a quarter of all children under five suffer from undernutrition. Without treatment, many of these children will succumb to the deadly effects of hunger.

Providing care and building capacity

Action Against Hunger has a long-standing commitment to vulnerable populations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. We have been working in the country since 1997, with a strong focus on building local capacity, strengthening health systems, and providing emergency care to communities. Our teams have trained thousands of health workers, equipped hundreds of hospitals and health centers, and provided lifesaving therapeutic care for tens of thousands of severely malnourished children. In particular, our teams are working hard to prevent cholera outbreaks and other waterborne diseases, which have plagued much of the population in coastal areas along Lake Kivu and leave children more vulnerable to the risks associated with malnutrition.

Our lifesaving impact

In 2014 alone, we saved over 104,117 children from deadly malnutrition, brought clean water to 203,740, and helped a total of 390,548 people with our programs. Our rapid response teams tackling nutritional emergencies continue to deploy over all of the country, and there are hundreds of thousands still in desperate need of treatment. Help us scale up our programs so that no child is left to suffer.

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