The Democratic Republic of Congo is one of the largest countries in Africa, with a population of 65 million. Decades of conflict, regional violence and political neglect have created one of the world’s most complex humanitarian crises. The scale of humanitarian needs in the Democratic Republic of Congo is vast, with nearly 30 per cent of all children under five suffering from life-threatening hunger.
What we are doing
Since our programme opened in 1997 we have been working in close collaboration with the country’s Ministry of Health to strengthen health systems and bolster their capacity to address acute malnutrition and prevent the long-term impact of the condition on communities. To do this we are:
- Providing life-saving treatment for tens of thousands of severely malnourished children
- Equipping hundreds of hospitals and training thousands of health workers.
- Providing clean water and sanitation to families, another essential element in the fight against the underlying causes of malnutrition.