Democratic Republic of the Congo

Photo: Guy Calaf for Action Against Hunger, Democratic Republic of Congo
Population
69.4 million
Human Development Index
176 (out of 188 countries ranked)
Our Team
472 employees
Program Start
1996

People Helped in 2019: 1,263,514

143,749
People Reached by Nutrition and Health Programs 
1,067,486
People Reached by Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Programs 
52,279
People Reached by Food Security and Livelihoods Programs 

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is Africa’s second largest country, with great mineral and natural resources. For decades, DRC has suffered a multitude of crises: armed conflicts, political tensions, population displacements, epidemics, undernutrition, and food insecurity. 

Extreme poverty, displacement, lack of functioning basic services, and poor infrastructure resulted in one of the world's most severe humanitarian crises, with 15.6 million people in need of humanitarian assistance in 2019. Measles, Ebola, and cholera epidemics worsened the situation in vast areas of DRC.

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Action Against Hunger's emergency nutrition program responds to acute nutrition needs by deploying rapid response teams, conducting nutrition surveys across the country, and providing food aid to vulnerable families in Kasai. In Djugu territory of Ituri, our teams operate with an integrated nutrition and health approach, together with mental health, water, sanitation and hygiene, and food aid projects. In Masisi territory in North Kivu, our multi-sectoral rapid response project aims to meet the urgent needs of the most vulnerable people. In 2019, we also implemented Ebola infection control and protection activities in Kinshasa and in Ituri and responded to floods in the South Libenge province.

To address the drivers of hunger, we implement longer-term multi-sectoral interventions in Kasai and Kasai Central. Last year, our teams concluded a study on nutritional resilience in Kwango to better understand the determinants of malnutrition, community behavioral barriers, and specific vulnerabilities associated with gender.

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