The Democratic Republic of Congo Humanitarian Emergency

A woman smiles down at her son.
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Escalation of the conflict in 2017 has put DRC on the top of the humanitarian crisis in the word. With 4,1 million of IDPs, DRC has the largest number of displaced persons in Africa. Numerous provinces seen previously as peaceful area like those in the Kasai region suddenly felt in extreme violence. Displacement, epidemics and malnutrition are the contributive factors of the human suffering in DRC where 13,3 million people, representing one seventh of the country’s population need humanitarian assistance in 2018. An estimated number of 9.9 million people are at risk of critical food insecurity, including 7.7 million in a state of acute food emergency. DRC is also home to more than 526,543 refugees from the neighboring countries and 546,786 Congolese are refugees in the Region. Women make up 52% of those affected people. 87% of IDPS are in host families. UNFPA’s humanitarian action is focused on Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) services, prevention and respond to Gender Based Violence (GBV) and youth empowerment for SRH. 

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

Humanitarian needs

8.03 million
1.77 million
2.57 million
Last updated on - 01 Enero 2017
UN Photo/Sylvain Liechti

Humanitarian funding

Resources in $

Key results2017

  • People Reached
    Total people reached with all types of SRH services
    People reached with Dignity Kits
    Total people reached with Adolescent SRH
    Total people reached with all types of GBV services
    UNFPA-assisted safe deliveries
    Affected population who directly benefited from all types of emergency RH kits
    Women and girls accessing services provided through Service Delivery Points (SDPs) that are equipped with Post-Rape Kits
  • Services delivered
    Number of mobile clinics
    Number of safe spaces
    Maternity health facilities/tents/homes operationalized with UNFPA support
    Dignity Kits distributed
  • Capacity building
    Youth facilitators and volunteers trained on sexual and reproductive health
    Personnel trained on Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care
    Personnel trained on Minimum Initial Package (MISP)
    Personnel trained on clinical management of rape
    Personnel trained on psycho-social support
    Health personnel trained on gender-based violence case management

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.