Democratic Republic of the Congo

Health education session for local women in a rural area in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo: Frederic Courbet/Merlin
Photo: FAO/Frank Ribas
Photo: FAO/Frank Ribas

The Democratic Republic of Congo is part of the countries where AFIDEP is implementing the Re-examining Traditional Methods Contraception Use Project. Other countries include Nigeria, Kenya and Ghana.

The traditional methods use study will develop and test new family planning (FP) measurement approaches by investigating how to account for and include traditional method users in measurement and programme approaches. Findings should inform revisions to questions around traditional method use in surveys, and inform the definition and measurement of “universal access” in accounting for FP preferences.

Key Details

Population Indicators

  • Total Population (millions):  84.1 (HDR 2019)
  • Population ages 15- 64 (of total ppn-millions): 42.7 (HDR 2019)
  • Population under age 15 (% of total ppn): 46% (PRB 2020)
  • Total Fertility Rate (TFR) (births per woman): 6.2 (PRB 2020)

Economic development

  • Gross domestic product (GDP) per capita (2011 PPP $): 827 (HDR 2019)
  • Poverty headcount ratio at national poverty lines (% of ppn): 63.9 (WB 2012)
  • Share of youth not in education, employment or training, total (% of youth ppn): 21.4 (WB 2012)

Health and well-being

  • Infant mortality rate (per 1000 live births): 70.0 (HDR 2019)
  • Government health expenditure (% of total): 3.9 (HDR 2019)

Education and skills development

  • Literacy rates, adult (%, ages 15 and older): 77.0 (HDR 2019)
  • Government expenditure on education (% of total): 1.5 (HDR 2019)

Environment and Climate

  • Agricultural land (% of land area): 11.6 (WB 2016)
  • Forest area (% of land area): 67.2 (WB 2016)
Sources:World Bank Reports (WB)UNDP Human Development Reports 2019 (HDR)Population Reference Bureau World Population Datasheet 2019 (PRB)

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