Democratic Republic of the Congo

Humanitarian context

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is one of the most complex and protracted crises in the world, but also one of the most forgotten. The country has the highest rate of acute food insecurity in the world (27 million) and nearly 4.2 million people are acutely malnourished, including 2.4 million children under the age of five.

The DRC also regularly experiences new epidemics of diseases: measles, Covid-19, Ebola virus disease, polio, meningitis and malaria. This epidemic potential is exacerbated by poor access to clean water, hygiene and sanitation and low vaccination coverage.

Armed conflict and insecurity prevail in the east, particularly in the provinces of Ituri and North Kivu, resulting in chronic population displacement, protection issues, including gender-based violence, malnutrition, poor food security, and low coverage of basic services. In 2021, the DRC will have 5.5 million internally displaced persons (IDPs), of which 1.5 million will be displaced by armed or inter-communal conflicts.

Key figures

Year of mission
National staff
Expatriate staff
350 000

Description of the mission

Première Urgence Internationale has been working in the Democratic Republic of the Congo since 2001.

In recent years, the organization has positioned itself to respond to epidemics (measles, Ebola virus disease, Covid-19) and has developed intervention strategies according to new emergencies, but also in forgotten areas.

The coordination team is based in the capital Kinshasa, and our teams intervene in four provinces: Kinshasa, Mai Ndombe, North Kivu and Ituri. In keeping with its integrated approach, Première Urgence Internationale implements projects in primary health care and the fight against malnutrition, complemented by interventions in food security, WASH and protection.

Various donors, such as ECHO, BHA, AAP, FH, CDC, BHA, etc., ensuring the mission’s stability as well as its strong deployment capacity, currently fund Première Urgence Internationale in the DRC.

Premiere Urgence Internationale in action

The year 2022 is marked by a strong growth of the mission, allowing it to support several hundred thousand vulnerable people in the very varied contexts that characterize this country continent.

Currently, Première Urgence Internationale is operational in the city of Kinshasa in the fight against HIV/AIDS and STIs, through awareness-raising within communities and access to free care for the most vulnerable.

In the province of Mai-Ndombe, Première Urgence Internationale is setting up a project to fight malnutrition, particularly among pregnant and breastfeeding women and children under five, in consortium with other partner NGOs.

In the province of North Kivu, Première Urgence Internationale has positioned itself on health/nutrition responses, as well as on a food security component, in order to provide integrated support to the needs of the population.

In 2022, the NGO also deployed in the province of Ituri, on a health and nutrition response for vulnerable populations.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo in pictures

© Gwenn Dubourthoumieu

Our partners

Ministère des Affaires étrangères
European Union
Ambassade de France en RDC
Foreign commonwealth and development office
Le Fonds humanitaire de la RDC
Ville de Paris

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