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 58.9 years for men and 61.9 years for women. For comparison: worldwide life expectancy is about 12.3 years lower (men: 70.4 / women: 74.9 years).

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Distribution of the corona virus

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

The inhabitants of the Democratic Republic of the Congo are also affected by the corona pandemic and the spread of the Sars-Covid-19 virus. By September 27th, 2020, 10611 infected persons and 270 deaths have been reported in the country. The first confirmed infections were reported on March 10th, 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 country reached its peak so far on June 25th with 384 new infected persons.

Covid 19 virus infected in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Deaths caused by the Covid19 virus in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The first graph shows the number of infected persons reported. The second graph shows 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 2.5%. 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. In order to quantify mortality more precisely, one would therefore have to compare the deaths that have occurred to date with those reported 10,456 infected up to 10 days ago. This gives in the Democratic Republic of the Congo a new mortality rate of 2.6%.

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 Corona virus topic page.

Development in the last days

DateInfected Deaths 
Sun 27th19+0.2%0+0.0%
Sat 26th15+0.1%0+0.0%
Fri 25th23+0.2%0+0.0%
Thu 24th18+0.2%0+0.0%
Wed 23rd14+0.1%0+0.0%
Tue 22nd4+0.0%0+0.0%
Mon 21st4+0.0%0+0.0%
Sun 20th26+0.2%2+0.7%
Sat 19th32+0.3%0+0.0%
Fri 18th14+0.1%1+0.4%

Weight and size

Body height168 cm156 cm
Weight60.4 kg55.0 kg


Congo (Dem. Republic)Ø worldwide
Diabetes *6.00%8.81%
HIV / Aids0.03%0.04%

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

Child vaccinations

Congo (Dem. Republic)Ø worldwide
Hepatitis B0.06%0.09%
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

Medical 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 worldwide average here is 2.7 beds and within the EU there are even 5.6 beds for every 1000 inhabitants.

With about 7,810 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 19 percent of all people who suffer from cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases or chylomicron retention disease (CRD) currently die.


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 daily case numbers for the spread of the corona virus come from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).