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Public health and Covid-19 in the Congo

Healthcare in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Healthcare in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is slightly below average in a worldwide comparison.

Probably the most important indicator that can be used to summarize the efficiency of all measures is general life expectancy. In other words, the theoretical age that a newborn child could potentially reach today. At the moment this age in the Congo is 59.4 years for men and 62.5 years for women. For comparison: worldwide life expectancy is about 11.8 years lower (men: 70.6 / women: 75.1 years).

A total of 20.57 USD per inhabitant is spent annually on health measures at state expense. This corresponds to approximately 3.5% of the gross domestic product. Internationally, this amount averages 1,121.97 USD (~ 9.8% of the respective GDP).


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Distribution of the corona virus

Spread of the corona virus in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Since the beginning of the pandemic until October 3rd, 2022, a total of 92,892 infected people and 1,443 deaths have been reported in the Congo.

The total of 92,892 infected people currently represents 0.10% of the total population. The number of new infections during the seven days preceding October 3rd, 2022, was 13, for a 7-day incidence of 0.0 cases per 100,000 population. In the same week, one people died from (or with) Covid-19. Since the outbreak of the pandemic, this results in a mortality rate of about 1.6 percent in the Congo.

Current vaccination status

According to official WHO data, a total of 5.29 million vaccine doses have been administered as of September 18th, 2022. More recent data are not yet available to WHO. 4.88 million people have received at least one vaccination (5.5%).

3.07 million of these are considered fully vaccinated in the Congo (= 3.4%).
This means that the Congo (Dem. Republic) is one of the countries with the worst vaccination coverage in the world.The vaccination rate is higher in 222 countries.

Due to the current corona pandemic, we update the worldwide case numbers daily. A list of all infected and dead people by country can be found on our Covid19 virus topic page.

Weight and size

MaleFemale
Body height168 cm156 cm
BMI21.422.6
Weight60.2 kg55.0 kg

Diseases

Congo (Dem. Republic)Ø worldwide
Diabetes *6.00%8.81%
Tuberculosis3.19‰1.27‰
Malaria32.0%5.7%
HIV / Aids0.03%0.03%

* The number of people suffering from diabetes refers only to inhabitants aged between 20 and 79 years.


Child vaccinations

Congo (Dem. Republic)Ø worldwide
Measles55.0%82.5%
Hepatitis B0.07%0.08%
Tetanus8.0%0.0%
DTP *6.50%8.21%

* DTP is a three times combined basic vaccination against diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough) and tetanus, which should be given to children up to the age of 23 months.

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, 12.8% of all over 15-year-olds are still smokers.
11 percent of newborns are underweight.

Medical supplies

Public health and Covid-19 in the CongoMedical care provided by doctors and hospitals in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is below average compared to the world population. The country provides 0.8 hospital beds per 1000 inhabitants. The global mean here is 2.9 beds. Within the EU, 4.6 beds are available for every 1,000 residents.

With about 8,310 physicians in the Congo, there are about 0.09 doctors per 1000 inhabitants. Here again the comparison: worldwide this standard is 1.50 physicians per 1000 inhabitants and in the EU even 3.57.

Through medical care, the mortality rate of major known diseases can be reduced as far as possible. For example, only about 24 percent of all people who suffer from cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases or chylomicron retention disease (CRD) currently die.

Supply with drinking water

Explanation of the graph:
Red line: access to water supply via wells or delivered drinking water
Green bars: Permanent access to running and tested drinking water connection


Only around 19 percent of the population has access to an immediately available running water supply. At least via springs and wells within a maximum distance of 30 minutes or supplied water, 46% of the population is supplied with largely clean drinking water. In a global comparison, only about 74% of the population has direct access to tested and always available drinking water. Within the European Union, this share is 98%. Only in a few countries does the proportion fall below 10%.

Sources

Above data correspond to the information of the World Health Organization, Global Health Workforce Statistics, UNICEF, State of the World's Children, Childinfo, Global Health Observatory Data Repository and OECD. The case numbers for the spread of the corona virus come from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

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