Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

Photo of a community worker helping document the weight and growth of children at the Marechal Health Center in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo: Dominic Chavez/World Bank
A community worker helps document the weight and growth of children in Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo: Dominic Chavez/World Bank

République Démocratique du Congo

Throughout the five-year project period RRHO will support and complement HRSA’s Resilient and Responsive Health Systems (RRHS) initiative implemented by ICAP at Columbia University in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). In so doing, both projects will jointly strengthen the ability of the impact partners to become self-learning organizations that are also interdependent and can promote and capacitate South-South engagement with the goal of contributing to PEPFAR’s human resources for health (HRH) strategy:

  • Provincial Ministry of Health in Lubumbashi
  • The Nursing Council
  • University of Lubumbashi (UNILU): Faculty of Medicine
  • ISTM Lubumbashi

National Policies

Visit the Resource Library to access and download national policies & guidelines for the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Country Indicators

Population (Global Health Observatory, 2015): 77,267,000
Life expectancy at birth M/F (years) (Global Health Observatory, 2015): 58/62

HIV in DRC

Number of people living with HIV (UNAIDS 2015): 370,000 [290,000 - 460,000]
Adults aged 15 to 49 prevalence rate (UNAIDS 2015): 0.8% [0.7% - 1.1%]
Adults aged 15 and over living with HIV (UNAIDS 2015): 330,000 [260,000 - 410,000]
Women aged 15 and over living with HIV (UNAIDS 2015): 200,000 [160,000 - 250,000]
Children aged 0 to 14 living with HIV (UNAIDS 2015): 42,000 [34,000 - 51,000]
Deaths due to AIDS (UNAIDS 2015): 22,000 [16,000 - 28,000]
Orphans due to AIDS aged 0 to 17 (UNAIDS 2015): 330,000 [260,000 - 400,000]

WHO Building Blocks in DRC

This WHO framework describes health systems in terms of six core components or “building blocks” including service delivery, health workforce, health information systems, access to essential medicines, financing, and leadership & governance [WHO, 2010]. Click on each tab to explore these health system indicators.

Service Delivery

Medical Products, Infrastructure & Equipment

  • Total density per 100,000 population: District/rural hospitals 0.43 (2013) (Source: WHO, 2015)
  • Total density per 100,000 population: Hospitals 0.45 (2013) (Source: WHO, 2015)
  • Total density per 100,000 population: Provincial Hospitals 0.02 (2013) (Source: WHO, 2015)