Democratic Republic of the Congo

Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is a country in Central Africa with a population of 86.79 million, as reported by the World Bank in 2019. Being the second-largest country on the African continent, it’s home to over 200 ethnicities. Yet, the DRC lacks the fundamentals of human rights as it ranks among the third-largest poor population countries globally.

The Economy

Sixty million individuals in the Congolese population were recorded to be living on less than $1.90 per day in 2018, which is below the international poverty rate. Moreover, 43 per cent of children are severely malnourished, receiving barely 9.1 years of schooling. The coronavirus pandemic worsened the economic situation within the Democratic Republic of the Congo as the growth rate decelerated from 4.4 to 0.8 per cent in 2020. The emergency measures imposed shut down on gatherings and borders. Needless to say, this was destructive as the school closure alone affected 19 million children. Workers were forced to stay confined on-site 24/7 or lose their jobs.

The Health Status

With little to no measures in place to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, 23 out of 26 provinces have been hit already, pulling the headcount to 28,000 confirmed cases in April 2021. However, the limited testing capacity in the region can be translated into the actual number of cases being much higher. The rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines was hampered by misinformation and rumours, accounting for 83,081 people receiving the initial dose but only 10,477 of them returning for their second dose. The death toll has hit 1,068 in the DRC alone.

To make matters worse, the Ebola virus has resurged in four cities of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, accounting for 4 out of the 55 deaths declared, making this the 11th epidemic of the EVD.

Bringing Pandemic Relief to the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is undergoing a crisis that must be responded to by humanity from around the world to enable recovery from conflict and disaster. The coronavirus disease spreads like wildfire in countries with fragile health systems; unfortunately, the health system of DRC has been struggling to keep up over the past two years with Ebola and violence.

It’s your turn to put on your thinking hats and action shoes to contribute to My Bridge International UK. We’re providing food supplies to combat the ongoing hunger crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In addition, we’re building schools in urban and rural areas to support educational projects that rightfully save the children from starvation. But most importantly, we’re ensuring Congolese access to basic medical care.

You, too, can join hands with My Bridge International UK to help fight poverty and drastically improve the living standard of the people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. For more information on where your donations will go, email

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