Famliies flee volcano erruption in DRC
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To the needs of families fleeing volcanic eruption in the Democratic Republic of Congo

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The DRC bracing to contain Ebola outbreak as Guinea announces cases

The DRC bracing to contain Ebola outbreak as Guinea announces cases

The World Health Organisation and humanitarian agencies are rushing to stop the spread of the deadly Ebola Disease after three cases were confirmed in one week in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). These cases are reported in Butembo, an epicentre of a previous outbreak (the 10th in the country) that was declared over in June last year.

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Children at an increased risk of exploitation in the DRC’s complex context during the pandemic
COVID-19 Aftershocks

Children at an increased risk of exploitation in the DRC’s complex context during the pandemic

The interplay between conflict, food shortage, poverty, diseases (measles, Ebola, COVID-19), and a lack of access to social amenities has left children vulnerable to child labour, early marriage, and other forms of child abuse. World Vision notes that several cases of violations have been recorded during this time when children are forced to stay at home to save them from illness. 

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World Vision donates medical supplies to fight COVID-19 in the DRC

World Vision donates medical supplies to fight COVID-19 in the DRC

Our contribution is intended to strengthen a struggling health system and support health personnel to deal with swelling cases of COVID-19, by providing them with the necessary tools to fight against the spread of the virus whilst ensuring personal safety to health workers. Donated supplies will be delivered to 161 health facilities in 36 health zones.

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Coronavirus, COVID-19 Response, Preparing Personal Protective Equipment in the Philippines

Responding to COVID-19

Around the world, the coronavirus (COVID-19) is taking lives, devastating families and disrupting life in previously unimaginable ways. 

We are responding in every country we work in to limit the spread of the virus and reduce its impact on vulnerable children and their families. 

The Democratic Republic of the Congo, is one of the 17 priority countries where we are increasing our efforts to protect especially vulneralble populations.

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Fighting Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Ebola and Conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo

The countdown towards declaring the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) free of the world’s second-worst Ebola outbreak is in progress. The deadly contagious disease has already killed 2,264 people in DRC since August 2018. It is a children’s crisis that has left 975 children infected, over 7,300 separated and above 2,500 orphaned. Unfortunately, as the country looks to this milestone, it is among the nations to have recorded cases of COVID-19 and working hard to minimise spread.

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Community Health Workers reduce the risk of child and mother mortality

Our teams of trained health workers use the Timed, Targeted Counseling method to reduce mortality among pregnant women and children under 5.

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Internal conflict and prolonged political instability have destabilized and weakened the already fragile economic conditions for families in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where 60 per cent of the population lives on less than $1 per day. Vulnerable families are also affected by frequent natural disasters, such as flooding and epidemics.

Our teams have been working in the DRC since 1984. Today, we are working to contribute to the measurable and sustainable improvement of well-being for 5,311,208 children and their communities through transformational development and humanitarian relief programmes focused on: health and nutrition, education, water and sanitation, protecting children, livelihoods and resilience, food aid, psychosocial support and the reintegration of displaced people.

81.4 million

Population, total


Capital City

38 billion

GDP (current US$)
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Will you hear us? 100 Children tell their stories.

Violence in the Kasai region was escalated from 2016 to 2017 and although peace has mostly returned to the region, the effects still linger. This report is based on interviews World Vision conducted with more than 100 children living in the aftermath. The stories they shared are alarming, but unfortunately, not surprising.

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See how our programmes are improving the well-being of children in the DRC


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Health and Nutrition

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Livelihoods and Resilience

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