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CDC Works in Democratic Republic of Congo

CDC established an office in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in 2002. CDC collaborates with the DRC Ministry of Health (MOH) on a variety of areas, including HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), malaria control as a partner in the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), influenza surveillance, rabies surveillance, monkey pox epidemiologic studies, polio eradication and immunization program strengthening.

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CDC office (physical presence)
6 U.S. Assignees
12 Locally Employed

DRC at a Glance

Population: 71,167,000
Per capita income: $680
Life expectancy at birth women/men: 52/48 yrs
Infant mortality rate: 109/1000 live births
Source: Population Reference Bureau World Population Data Sheet, 2014

Top 10 Causes of Death

Source: GBD Compare 2010
  1. Malaria 14%
  2. Diarrheal Diseases 11%
  3. Protein-Energy Malnutrition 9%
  4. Lower Respiratory Infections 8%
  5. HIV 6%
  6. Cancer 5%
  7. Ischemic Heart Disease 4%
  8. Stroke 4%
  9. Preterm Birth Complications 3%
  10. Meningitis 3%

What CDC Is Doing

  • As of September 2014, CDC directly supported the provision of antiretroviral drugs to 4,010 HIV-positive pregnant women to prevent transmission to their infants.
  • As of September 2014, CDC directly supported the provision of antiretroviral treatment to 24,973 adults.
  • DRC has set up 11 sentinel sites for influenza and severe acute respiratory infection surveillance in 5 provinces.
  • Page last reviewed: July 28, 2015
  • Page last updated: July 28, 2015
  • Content source: Global Health
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