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
214 employees
Program Start
1996

People Helped in 2018: 619,447

265,589
People Reached by Nutrition and Health Programs 
211,417
People Reached by Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Programs 
138,388
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 such as Ebola and cholera, undernutrition, and food insecurity. 

In 2018, the country's food security deteriorated sharply: about 12.8 million people experienced an acute food crisis. In addition, 9.8 million people lack access to water, hygiene and sanitation, 3 million require essential household items and 2.8 million require shelter. The nutrition situation is critical: 4.3 million children are malnourished, including 1.9 million children with severe acute malnutrition.

Last year, we conducted ten nutrition studies and seven emergency interventions in neglected areas, as well as regular crisis response programs in the provinces of Kasai, Kasai Central, North Kivu, and Ituri. Our teams also worked to strengthen resilience among those most vulnerable to nutrition insecurity through a multi-sectoral, integrated approach in partnership with other humanitarian actors. 

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