Democratic Republic of the Congo

Children in Democratic Republic of Congo collecting water
Photo: J. Asenbrennerova for Action Against Hunger, Democratic Republic of Congo
69.4 million
Human Development Index
176 (out of 188 countries ranked)
Our Team
236 employees
Program Start

People Helped in 2016: 374,550

People Received Nutritional Support 
People Accessed Safe Water and Sanitation 
People Gained Economic Self Sufficiency 

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is Africa’s second largest country, with great mineral and natural resources. From 1998 to 2002, it was at the center of “Africa’s World War,” which resulted in the deaths of an estimated 5.4 million people from violence, hunger, and disease. In 2006, the country successfully held its first multiparty presidential elections in 60 years.

However, hopes for stability gave way to volatility in the country’s five eastern provinces, fueled by sustained conflict among regional militias, ethnic groups, armed groups from neighboring countries, and government forces. As a result of these factors, DRC is enduring an entrenched, complex humanitarian crisis. 1.8 million people in the country have been displaced by conflict, many over and over again. An alarming 23 percent of children are acutely malnourished, and seventy percent of the population lack adequate access to food.

In 2016, Action Against Hunger scaled up our emergency nutrition programs and responded to 11 nutrition crises across the country. Throughout the year, we worked with the Ministry of Health to strengthen health systems in central DRC in Kasai Central Province. We trained health workers to improve their ability to respond to nutrition crises and we worked to integrate the diagnosis and treatment of severe malnutrition into the primary health care services provided by the health centers to improve the nutrition of children as well as pregnant women and nursing mothers. In eastern DRC, in both North Kivu and South Kivu Provinces, Action Against Hunger worked to tackle the root causes of hunger and malnutrition among vulnerable communities affected by conflict. We built wells to give communities access to safe water and protect them from waterborne diseases such as cholera, and we educated communities to improve their practice of safe hygiene. We distributed essential food supplies, relief items, and emergency shelter to communities displaced by violence. Playing a leading role in both humanitarian and long-term development, Action Against Hunger improved nutrition security among the most vulnerable populations by addressing both emergency needs and the root causes of hunger and malnutrition. 

Action Against Hunger has been working in Democratic Republic of Congo since 1996. We have current programs in 5 provinces: Kinshasa, Kasai Occidental, North Kivu, South Kivu, and Bandundu.

What We Achieved in 2016

Our programs improved nutrition security for 374,550 people.

Nutrition, Health, and Care Practices: 164,5111 people

  • Trained local partners to treat acute undernutrition
  • Involved communities to understand local causes of hunger

Food Security and Livelihoods: 377 people

  • Met urgent needs of families facing hunger
  • Helped vulnerable displaced families plant new crops for income and food

Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene: 209,662 people

  • Prevented cholera through education and improved sanitation
  • Brought accessible sources of clean water to  communities

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