DRC

  • 5.6 million internally displaced people in DRC

  • 2nd largest outbreak of the Ebola virus in history

  • 66 infants die per 1,000 births – the second highest infant mortality rate in the world

  • 64% of the population live in extreme poverty 

What’s happening in the DRC? 


The situation in Democratic Republic of Congo is the most neglected crisis in the world. Decades of recurring conflict have resulted in 27 million people needing humanitarian assistance, about 28% of the total population. Displacement has led to hunger as families can no longer access their lands to grow food. Disease and inadequate access to health services has increased vulnerability. On top of this, DRC has declared 14 Ebola outbreaks. DRC receives very little media attention or funding support, despite the magnitude of the crisis.

What’s the health situation in the DRC?

The health system in DRC has been stretched to breaking point by outbreaks of Ebola and COVID-19.  DRC is ranked 11 out of 195 on the Infectious Disease Vulnerability Index.  Ebola and COVID-19 pose a serious threat to the already vulnerable population and place additional pressure on the healthcare system, reducing the accessibility, availability, and quality of healthcare. Statistically, there are only 0.28 doctors and 1.19 nurses and midwives for every 10,000 people. Furthermore, access to health care in the Congo’s rural regions is extremely low due to the remote state of many villages. Rural areas of the DRC hold less than 3.0% of the nation’s physicians while Brazzaville, the capital, and the most heavily populated city, holds 66%.

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See how your donation makes a difference

£5 can help us to give 15 people treatment

£20 will provide 40 children with antibiotics

£100 will provide 400 pregnant women with life saving medicine.

£450 will provide am emergency medical kit to 60 families.

Whatever you give, you could be making a life-changing, even life-saving difference to someone every month.

See how your donation makes a difference

£5 is enough to source and send £600 worth of medical supplies a year to people in need; enough to help approximately 50 people around the world.

£10 is enough to source and send £1,200 worth of medical supplies a year to people in need; enough to help approximately 100 people around the world.

£25 is enough to provide around 750 treatments in a year, helping approximately 250 people in need; and for some, is the difference between life & death.

£100 is enough to provide medicines and supplies for approximately 1,000 people a year living in disaster-hit and vulnerable communites.

Whatever you give, you could be making a life-changing, even life-saving difference to someone every month.

How is IHP helping?

IHP partners with the Mukwege Foundation and Panzi Hospital in Eastern DRC. The Panzi Hospital is the primary hospital for the region and provides essential healthcare services to the surrounding area. The Mukwege Foundation specialises in treating survivors of sexual violence. IHP supplies Panzi and Mukwege with essential primary healthcare medicines, such as antibiotics and antihypertensives, to support their respective healthcare programmes.

In addition, IHP supports our partner, Life for African Mothers, with their maternal health programmes in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Life for African Mothers’ aim is to reduce maternal mortality and improve maternal health outcomes within the country. IHP supplies Life for African Mothers with various maternal health medicines, including a drug that assists with the management of post-partum haemorrhage, a leading contributor to maternal mortality.

IHP has also supported our partner International Medical Corps with their response to the Ebola outbreaks in the country. 

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Our partners in the DRC

Life for African Mothers
The Mukwege Foundation

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