What we do
Find out how UNICEF drives change for children and young people every day across the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Although the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has made significant progress in reducing child mortality and access to education for children, a majority of children remain deprived of many of their rights :
- 1 in 10 children dies before reaching the age of 5
- 7 children aged 5 to 17 are out of school
- 33 million people living in rural areas do not have access to safe drinking water
- 75% of children under 5 do not have their birth registered
- 6 million children suffer from chronic malnutrition or stunting
In spite of vast natural resources, the DRC is one of the poorest countries in the world. Beyond the challenges of long-term development, the year 2017 was marked by growing humanitarian needs following the crises in the Kasai region, as well as in the Provinces of Tanganyika and South Kivu. Almost 13 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance.
UNICEF has been present in the Democratic Republic of Congo since 1963 to reach the most disadvantaged children, to save their lives, to defend their rights and to help them fulfil their potential.