Democratic Republic of Congo

Although the civil conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire) officially ended in 2003, violence continues to plague parts of the country, posing a challenge to community development work and prolonging the humanitarian crisis.

Episcopal Relief & Development is partnering with the Province of the Anglican Church of the Congo (PEAC) and IMA World Health to address gender-based violence (GBV) through increasing church and community participation in GBV response, awareness and prevention. The program was piloted in the Diocese of Aru in 2016 to develop a context-specific methodology for use in other dioceses around the DRC. Efforts aim to prevent GBV by equipping leaders to educate their communities and reduce the devastating effects of GBV on individuals and their communities. The program also supports survivors by providing improved medical care in hospitals and health centers, as well as psychological support and care.

Promoting Health and Fighting Disease

  • Reducing gender-based violence (GBV) and increasing care and services for survivors

Democratic Republic of Congo Press Releases & Stories

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Fast Facts

An estimated 63% of the population of the DRC lives below the poverty line.

The country has one of the world’s highest rates of rape and other sexual violence.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Goal 1: No Poverty

Goal 1: No Poverty End poverty in all its forms everywhere  Learn more»

Goal 5: Gender Equality

Goal 5: Gender EqualityAchieve gender equality and empower all women and girls  Learn more »

Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthPromote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all  Learn more »

Goal 16: Peace and Justice

Goal 16: Peace and JusticePromote just, peaceful and inclusive societies  Learn more »

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