Democratic Republic of Congo

War, hunger and disease have killed more than five million people in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) since 1998. One child in every five dies before reaching their fifth birthday.

In DRC, it is rare to find a child who doesn’t have multiple problems – acute malnutrition, lack of education, abuse, chronic illness. That’s why our DRC programme has developed an integrated range of support across health, education and child protection. Through our capacity-building work, we've strengthened our emergency response as well as our ability to confront the enormous obstacles of conflict and geography. 

We've provided healthcare to thousands of adults and children through the training of hundreds of health workers, and the provision of health centres with life-saving equipment and medicines. We've reached thousands of vulnerable children by training local leaders and communities to prevent and respond to exploitation and abuse. We've increased access to quality basic education for thousands of children by building classrooms, training teachers and distributing learning materials.