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CDC Works in Democratic Republic of Congo

CDC established an office in the DRC in 2002. CDC’s primary focus is to help expand access to HIV/AIDS services and to strengthen health systems. Other areas of support include flu surveillance, rabies surveillance, monkeypox studies, polio eradication, immunization program strengthening, and technical assistance to the malaria program.

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

DRC at a Glance

Population: 69,117,000
Per capita income: $300
Life expectancy at birth women/men: 50/47 yrs
Infant mortality rate: 111/1000 live births
Source: Population Reference Bureau World Population Data Sheet, 2011

Top 10 Causes of Death

Source: GBD Compare 2010, 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

  • In FY 2012 alone, CDC directly supported the provision of antiretroviral drugs to 1,555 HIVpositive pregnant women to prevent transmission to their infants.
  • As of September 2012, CDC directly supported the provision of antiretroviral treatment to 6,784 men, women and children.
  • DRC has set up 10 sentinel sites for influenza and sever acute respiratory infection surveillance.
  • The President’s Malaria Initiative(PMI) provided two million ITNs(nearly 40% of total need) for a mass distribution campaign in Katanga Province, which was carried out between January and April 2012.
  • Page last reviewed: October 18, 2013
  • Page last updated: October 18, 2013
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