The Democratic Republic of Congo Humanitarian Emergency

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The Democratic Republic of Congo is one of the UN's most complex emergencies today. Protracted armed conflict, inter-communal tensions and insecurity against a backdrop of chronic instability have led to the internal displacement of millions of people. The country is home to a large refugee population fleeing from neighbouring countries, while hundreds of thousands of Congolese are themselves refugees in the region. In humanitarian crises, life-saving assistance and protection are paramount to those affected. UNFPA and partners work to support these needs by providing sexual and reproductive health services and by supporting mechanisms to prevent and respond to gender-based violence.

Country Population: 77.3 mil
Level of Crisis:
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Humanitarian needs

7.50 million
1.88 million
1.88 million
Last updated on - 01 January 2017
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Humanitarian funding

Resources in $

Key results2016

  • Services delivered
    Total people reached with sexual and reproductive health and gender-based violence services in humanitarian settings
    Number of facilities supported that provide emergency obstetric care
    Number of service delivery points supported that provide clinical management of rape
  • Capacity building
    Health personnel trained on Reproductive Health Kits

Emergencies updates and resources

  • Results data are reported and updated as they become available.
  • - Targets and UNFPA's populations of concern, including women of reproductive age and pregnant women, are estimated using the MISP calculator.
  • - Funding estimates are based on country planning processes, including inter-agency humanitarian response plans and regional refugee and resilience plans.
  • L1: Humanitarian crises in which the national and international resources available in the affected country are sufficient for the required response.
  • L2: Humanitarian crises requiring significant support from neighbouring countries, regional organizations and possibly humanitarian agency headquarters.
  • L3: Major, sudden-onset humanitarian crises requiring mobilization across the humanitarian system.
  • Crisis levels are determined by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee, a forum of UN and non-UN humanitarian partners.