Parasitic worm infections often trap people in a cycle of poverty, and almost half of the population of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is living below the national poverty line. We’re supporting the local government to eliminate these infections.

key facts

• Population: 77.2 million

• Percentage living in poverty: 46.5%

• Number requiring treatment for intestinal worm infections: 16.9 million*

• Number requiring treatment for schistosomiasis: 13.3 million*

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programme information

• Programme start date: 2014

• Treatments delivered in FY17/18: 8,411,441^

• Numbers treated to date: 18,001,934^

• Programme coverage status: Scaling up to reach all at risk school-age children^^



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In May 2018, DRC experienced an Ebola outbreak. Despite challenges like these, we’ve worked with the local government to make sure programmes are continued.

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* Data from WHO schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminth database.

^ For every treatment provided against schistosomiasis, treatments are also offered against intestinal worm infections where both diseases are present. Treatment numbers are for schistosomiasis only and dating from 2010 when the current reporting system was established. Numbers from January 2019.

^^ We support the programme in-line with the country’s strategic plan. As such, individuals other than school-age children may be treated.