Democratic Republic of the Congo: Nutrition Profile

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Medical staff examine a child for signs of malnourishment in DRC
  • DRC

    Flag of the Democratic Republic of Congo

  • Population

    84.1 Million

  • Pop. Under 5

    15.2 Million

  • % Stunting

    42% Of Children Under 5

  • % Wasting

    7% Of Children Under 5

Photo credit: Russell Watkins/Department for International Development


Malnutrition in childhood and pregnancy has many adverse consequences for child survival and long-term well-being. It also has far-reaching consequences for human capital, economic productivity, and national development overall. These consequences of malnutrition should be a significant concern for policymakers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where 7 percent of children under five are acutely malnourished or wasted (have low weight-for-age) and 42 percent of children under five are stunted (have low height-for-age), according to the most recent Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS) report (INS 2017–2018).


USAID Programs: Accelerating Progress in Nutrition

As of November 2020, the following USAID programs with a focus on nutrition were active in DRC.

  • BHA Budikadidi Project
  • Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) Tuendelee Pamoja II
  • BHA South Kivu Food Security Project
  • Breakthrough ACTION (BA)
  • Feed the Future, Strengthening Value Chains (SVC) Activity
  • Integrated Health Project (IHP)/PROSANI


For more information, read the Democratic Republic of the Congo country profile [PDF, 217KB].

Last updated: August 20, 2021

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