In the Democratic Republic of Congo, many children won’t survive the coming months. But you could help by donating today.

Life is so precarious for children here. Families have endured armed conflict and food shortages for years. Yet most people can’t access healthcare services.

The number of children with severe malnutrition is rising by the day. 40% of children in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are currently suffering from life-threatening hunger.

But the solutions are so simple. If we get to these children with the right treatment at the right time, we can stop life-threatening hunger in its tracks.

Our impact

It takes an average of just six weeks to save the life of a child suffering from malnutrition.

Each month in our 34 health centres in the DRC:

  • we treat 1,000 children for free
  • 7,000 children attend medical appointments
  • 5,500 pregnant attend pre-natal consultations
  • 1,000 women give birth with our help

Your donation could help children in crisis the DRC and around the world. Set up a monthly gift today.

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The crisis in numbers

  • 25%

    In 2022, a quarter of the population in the DRC – over 26 million people – experienced severe and acute food insecurity. This means they didn't know where their next meal is coming from.

  • 6.4m

    6.4 million people in the DRC suffer from severe acute malnutrition – the most life-threatening form of hunger. Many of them are children.

  • 14,500

    Every month, we reach 14,500 people in our health centres in the DRC.

Why your gift matters

We’re working across the DRC and around the world to fight hunger and malnutrition.

We know that hunger is preventable and treatable. And that treatment is cheap. But right now, we can’t keep up the accelerating rates of hunger.

Your donation could save a child from severe acute malnutrition. If we act quickly, we can save thousands of people facing famine. But we need your help.

You could help Action Against Hunger to:

  • provide urgent treatment to help children recover from malnurition at our treatment centres
  • supply children with a course of nutrient-rich therapeutic food and milk
  • support health workers to carry out home checks to ensure children continue on their road to health
  • teach parents how to spot early signs of malnutrition so they know when to get help
  • run mobile health and nutrition programmes to support families in hard-to-reach parts of countries like the DRC
  • provide cash transfers so families can buy any essentials they need
  • work with communities to help them grow drought-resistant crops
  • supply clean water so families have enough to drink and farmers can feed their livestock
  • create early warning systems to better predict the areas facing the highest rates of malnutrition – so we know where to go before the situation gets too bad
  • support farmers to increase their crop production and protect livestock with vaccinations
  • give urgent medical treatment to those who are suffering from complications caused by chronic hunger, such as weakness, dehydration and low blood pressure

Your donation will be used wherever the need is greatest.

Life hangs in the balance for vulnerable families

When a serious injury at work left Dorcas’ husband bedbound, she was left to feed her 7-month-old twins with almost no income.

A child is screened for malnutrition at one of Action Against Hunger's health centres in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Interactive experience

Step into the Democratic Republic of Congo and witness the real-life experiences of people affect by food insecurity. You'll also discover impactful work we carry out in response to this health crisis.

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More about Action Against Hunger

About us

A boy is screened for malnutrition at an Action Against Hunger treatment centre in Mali.

We’re building a world where no one dies from hunger and malnutrition.

What we stand for

An Action Against Hunger health worker in Mali.

At all times, our aim is to save the lives of vulnerable people affected by hunger.