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Corona virus and healthcare in the Democratic Republic of 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 Democratic Republic of the Congo is 59.1 years for men and 62.2 years for women. For comparison: worldwide life expectancy is about 12.1 years lower (men: 70.6 / women: 75.0 years).

In total, the sum of 18.51 USD is spent per year and inhabitant. This corresponds to approximately 3.3% of the gross domestic product. Internationally, this amount averages 1,111.08 USD (~ 9.9% 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

By October 18th, 2021, 57338 infected persons and 1091 deaths have been reported in the country. The first confirmed infections were reported in March 2020, which is the date of the official notification. An additional 10-14 days are calculated for noticing one's own infection, the doctor's appointment, the laboratory test and, above all, the period from the infection until the first symptoms appear.

The total of 57,338 infected people represent 0.064% of the country's total population. The number of new infections during the 41st calendar week (10/11/2021 to 10/17/2021) was 140 , representing 0.0 cases per 100,000 inhabitants per day.


The first graph shows the number of reported infections per calendar week. The second graph below the number of deaths.

Mortality rate of infected persons

From the previously infected and deceased people, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo results in a mortality rate of 1.9%. However, it should be borne in mind that death occurs an average of 19 days after the first symptoms appear. The time of the actual infection is therefore followed by several days until a person affected has a medical test carried out and the results are available.

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

Current development

Calendar weekInfectedDeaths
41/20211404
40/20212013
39/20211350
38/202136011
37/20212875
36/20213387
35/20211,0142
34/20218546
33/20216643
32/20211,3602

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%
Tuberculosis0.32%0.13%
Malaria32.0%5.7%
HIV / Aids0.02%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
Measles57.0%85.7%
Hepatitis B0.06%0.08%
Tetanus8.5%0.0%
DTP *5.70%8.57%

* 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.

11 percent of newborns are underweight.

Medical supplies

Corona virus and healthcare in the Democratic Republic of 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 2.7 beds. Within the EU, 5.6 beds are available for every 1,000 residents.

With about 8,060 physicians in the Democratic Republic of 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


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).