Democratic Republic of Congo

Rehema sits on the wall smiling after 3 months of clubfoot rehabilitation.
  • 69m Population [1]
  • 64% People living in poverty [2]
  • 8m People with disability [3]

An estimated 63.6% of people in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) live below the poverty line. With a population of 69.36 million, that means more than 44 million people live in extreme poverty.

Despite recent efforts, the prospects for people with disabilities remain bleak. The literacy rate among them is 10%, only 7% are in work and 96% live in inhumane conditions.

Our work in DRC, Central Africa, is focused on treating and preventing blindness and combating the spread of Neglected Tropical Diseases.

  • [1] (UN)
  • [2] (World Bank)
  • [3] Disability statistic is based on WHO estimate of 15% of the world’s population live with some form of disability.

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Women and son hugging.

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