Action Against Hunger has been present in Democratic Republic of Congo since 1997

Democratic Republic of Congo

More than 4 million children living in the DRC are malnourished.

Country Overview

For more than 20 years, the DRC has suffered armed conflicts, communal violence, political tensions, population displacements, food insecurity and epidemics such as Ebola and cholera. 

In 2018, the country's food security deteriorated sharply with around 12.8 million people suffering acute food crisis. In addition, 9.8 million people lack access to water, hygiene and sanitation, and 2.8 million now require shelter. 

The nutritional situation is critical – 4.3 million children are malnourished, including 1.9 million children with severe acute malnutrition. 



People helped in 2018

What we are doing

Since our programme opened in 1997, we've been working in closely 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.

Programmes in the Democratic Republic of Congo include: 

  • Improving access to clean water and sanitation facilities
  • Screening and treating children suffering from malnutrition
  • Distributing emergency hygeine kits 
  • Distributing emergency food supplies 
  • Psychosocial support groups 
  • Training health care workers 



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Photo Credits: © Guy Calaf for Action Against Hunger 

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Number of staff
Operating since
Based in
Kinshasa, Kasai, Kasai Central, North Kivu, South Kivu, Tshopo, Kwango, Kwilu, Huat Lomamiaaa