Democratic Republic of 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
223 employees
Program Start
1996

People Helped in 2020: 585,855

192,307
People Reached by Nutrition and Health Programs 
238,962
People Reached by Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Programs 
154,586
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. 

In 2020, 15.64 million people in the Democratic Republic of Congo needed humanitarian assistance. Armed conflicts and natural disasters have forced more than 5.2 million people from their homes who are now living displaced within the country. More than 21 million people faced emergency levels of food insecurity, and 3.4 million children under five years old suffered from acute malnutrition. 

Protection remains a key issue in the country, with a 22% increase in protection incidents compared to 2019 and an 86% increase in gender-based violence. The COVID-19 pandemic and measures to contain it have accentuated extreme poverty and already-precarious living conditions of many vulnerable people and impacted supply chains, leading to increased food prices.

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Throughout 2020, Action Against Hunger responded to nutrition crises and their underlying causes. We implemented multisectoral emergency responses, with new focuses on sexual and reproductive health and psychosocial support. Our team also strengthened resilience among the people most vulnerable to nutrition insecurity. Action Against Hunger is a major player on national coordination platforms, working in close collaboration with government technical services at both national and local levels to influence and strengthen the capacity of key actors to address nutritional insecurity.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are supporting three health centers, strengthening the implementation of infection, prevention, and control measures through the creation of triage facilities, installation of handwashing stations, and donation of PPE. We also provided psychosocial support to health professionals and held psychoeducation training sessions.

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