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Democratic Republic of Congo: 900,000 children under five likely to be acutely malnourished through August 2022


The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is experiencing one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world. More than five million people have been displaced, including three million children. Most of these displaced families have sheltered in local communities which are only just managing to meet their own needs. Other displaced persons live in informal camps where living conditions are even harsher. According to the latest IPC Acute Malnutrition analysis, nearly 900,000 children under five and more than 400,000 pregnant or lactating women are likely to be acutely malnourished through August 2022 in the 70 health zones analysed out of a total of 519 health zones. These estimates include more than 200,000 severely malnourished children requiring urgent care.
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La République démocratique du Congo (RDC) connaît l’une des pires crises humanitaires au monde. Plus de cinq millions de personnes vivent en situation de déplacement, dont trois millions d’enfants. La plupart de ces familles déplacées vivent dans des communautés locales qui parviennent tout juste à subvenir à leurs besoins. D’autres personnes déplacées vivent dans des sites informels où les conditions de vie sont encore plus dures. Près de 900.000 enfants de moins de cinq ans et plus 400.000 femmes enceintes et allaitantes souffriront probablement de malnutrition aiguë jusqu’au mois d’août 2022 pour les 70 zones de santé analysées par le groupe de travail technique sur un total de 519 zones de santé. Ces estimations comprennent plus de 200.000 enfants gravement malnutris et nécessitant une prise en charge urgente.
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Actions Needed

  • Provide humanitarian assistance: Provide treatment for all children and women suffering from acute malnutrition. This must be the first priority to reduce the mortality rate of children under five and pregnant or lactating women.
  • Take actions for early prevention: Capitalise on the achievements in the implementation of emergency responses and early prevention that have limited the deterioration of the nutritional situation.
  • Provide livelihood support: Strengthen the resilience of households to cope with food insecurity.
  • Increase access to safe water and adequate sanitation: Improve water and sanitation infrastructure.
  • Monitor and manage diseases: Strengthen the monitoring and systematic management of diseases.
  • Monitor and mitigate security situation: Establish a mechanism for monitoring and mitigating the effects of security crises on basic infrastructure (health centres, water points, etc.) and population movements.

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Current period: September - March 2021

Projected period: April - August 2022

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