CDC in Democratic Republic of Congo

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) began working in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in 2002 with an initial focus on capacity building and health system strengthening. The launch of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief in 2004 and the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative in 2005 expanded CDC’s support. CDC also works closely with the DRC to address other infectious diseases and strengthen laboratory, surveillance, and workforce capacity to respond to disease outbreaks, including Ebola. On August 1, 2018, the Ministry of Health of the DRC reported an outbreak of Ebola virus disease in North Kivu Provinceexternal icon in the Eastern part of the country. This is the 10th Ebola outbreak in the DRC since the virus was discovered there in 1976 and it has grown to become the second largestexternal icon.

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What CDC is Doing in Democratic Republic of Congo

CDC Impact in Democratic Republic of Congo

Directly supported the provision of:

  • HIV tests for 2,220,335 clients
  • Antiretroviral drugs to 9,874 HIV-positive pregnant women to prevent transmission to their infants
  • Antiretroviral treatment to 46,107 people living with HIV
  • Viral load testing to 19,648 people living with HIV

Supported training of 196 FETP graduates, 71 at the advanced level and 125 at the frontline level, focused on national and district public health staff.

Reached over 26,000 orphans and vulnerable children through a program to promote their healthy, stable, and safe education.

Trained 140 laboratory technicians and helped upgrade two laboratories.

Set up 5 sentinel sites for influenza and severe acute respiratory infection surveillance in 3 provinces.

CDC Staff in Democratic Republic of Congo
  • 10 U.S. Assignees
  • 20 Locally Employed
Democratic Republic of Congo at a Glance
  • Population: 81,339,988 (2017)
  • Per capita income: $870
  • Life expectancy at birth: F 61/M 58 years
  • Infant mortality rate: 67/1,000 live births

Sources: World Bank 2018, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Population Reference Bureau 2018, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Democratic Republic of Congo Top 10 Causes of Death
  1. Malaria
  2. Lower respiratory infections
  3. Neonatal disorders
  4. Tuberculosis
  5. lschemic heart disease
  6. Diarrheal diseases
  7. Stroke
  8. Congenital defects
  9. Road injuries
  10. HIV/AIDS

Source: GBD Compare 2018, Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Page last reviewed: May 4, 2021
Content source: Global Health