Democratic Republic of Congo

Our teams undertook more than 30 emergency interventions in Congo in 2016

The second largest country in Africa (after Algeria), Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is a country rich in natural resources but plagued by conflict.

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The country has until recently been at the centre of what some observers call “Africa’s world war”, with widespread civilian suffering the result.

The five-year conflict pitted government forces, supported by Angola, Namibia and Zimbabwe, against rebels backed by Uganda and Rwanda.

Despite a peace deal and the formation of a transitional government in 2003, people in the east of the country remain in fear of continuing death, rape or displacement by marauding militias and the army.

Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) first began working in DRC in 1981 in response to armed conflict, endemic/epidemic disease and healthcare exclusion.

With more than 1.9 million outpatient consultations carried out in 2016 – almost one fifth of all MSF outpatient consultations – DRC is our largest intervention in world.


MSF’s work in DRC: 2016

Our teams undertook more than 30 emergency interventions this year, tackling outbreaks of measles, yellow fever, cholera, typhoid fever and responded to violence and refugee crises.

Poor infrastructure and inadequate health services continue to restrict access to medical care in DRC. The eastern provinces remain insecure, as the Congolese army and several armed groups fight for control of resource-rich territory.


North Kivu

In Walikale, Mweso, Masisi and Rutshuru, we continued our comprehensive medical programmes supporting the main reference hospital and peripheral health centres to provide both basic and secondary care to people affected by recurrent violence who would otherwise have little access to medical services.

In Walikale, Mweso, Masisi and Rutshuru, we continued our comprehensive medical programmes supporting the main reference hospital and peripheral health centres to provide both basic and secondary care to people affected by recurrent violence who would otherwise have little access to medical services.

Over 270,000 outpatient consultations were provided in the Mweso area alone, nearly half of which were for malaria.

More than 7,500 surgical interventions were performed in Rutshuru hospital.

We continued to support five health facilities in Goma, offering screening and treatment for HIV/AIDS.

In 2016, the team provided care for over 2,600 patients living with HIV/AIDS.

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We support two hospitals, several peripheral health centres and different community points for the identification and management of malaria and malnutrition in Lulingu and Kalehe, with a focus on malaria and malnutrition, for children and pregnant women.

Over 284,000 outpatient consultations were carried out, 10,800 people were admitted to the hospitals, more than 10,700 malnourished children were treated and more than 10,000 deliveries assisted.

We also continued to support Shabunda and Matili hospitals.

We have seen a huge increase in malaria cases in recent years and the hospital we support in Baraka is struggling to cope. A 100-bed facility we built was in full use again, and more community-based sites were set up to treat 200,000 children for malaria, pneumonia and diarrhoea.

Staff carried out over 450,000 outpatient consultations and admitted more than 17,000 patients to the hospital.




Ituri, Haut-Uélé and Bas-Uélé

In early 2016, we opened a project to assist victims of sexual violence in Mambasa region, a mining area in Ituri where there have been recurrent attacks by armed groups and bandits.

Teams provided care for over 1,100 victims of violence and treated 11,900 patients with sexually transmitted infections in nine MSF-supported health centres.

We continued to support Boga and Gety regional hospitals and several health centres, offering treatment for pregnant women and children, and emergency and intensive healthcare.

Overall, our teams treated 3,300 patients in the emergency room and intensive care unit and over 280 victims of sexual violence.

More than 600 deliveries were assisted in Boga and over 2,200 children were admitted to the paediatric ward in Gety hospital.

MSF teams also responded to outbreaks of cholera and malaria, and offered assistance to displaced people. In Haut-Uélé, more than 84,000 patients were treated for malaria during an outbreak between May and August.




Our teams supported two hospitals and several health centres in Manono and Kabalo during a nutrition emergency. By late August, the Kabalo project had closed, but our staff continued to work in the paediatric ward in the hospital and several health centres in Manono.

More than 6,000 children, suffering mainly from malnutrition and malaria, were admitted to the paediatric unit. At the end of 2016, there was an escalation in intercommunal violence and the team treated over 200 wounded patients in the hospital.

We also continued to work to bring cholera under control in four health areas around Kalemie. In Nyunzu, we responded to a measles outbreak and vaccinated around 90,000 children.

We handed over our activities to the health authorities in Shamwana territory at the end of August. For 10 years, we had been providing comprehensive healthcare in the hospital, seven health centres and at a number of specialised community-based sites for the treatment of malaria.

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North Ubangi

Our project in Bili and Bossobolo continued to provide care to refugees from Central African Republic and the host communities. More than 80,000 consultations were carried out and 9,300 patients were admitted to hospitals we support.


We offer comprehensive medical and psychosocial care for people with HIV/AIDS in the capital. Our teams support several hospitals and health centres, and have been piloting innovative ways of managing patients, such as patient community groups, and providing three-month supplies of antiretrovirals.

In 2016, Over 2,500 patients with advanced HIV were admitted to hospital and 68,000 consultations were carried out.



On 11 July 2013, four MSF staff were abducted in Kamango, in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, where they were carrying out a health assessment. One of them, Chantal, managed to escape in August 2014, but we are still without news of Philippe, Richard and Romy. We remain committed and ready for their release

Find out more in our International Activity Report


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