Fight against malnutritionPublished: May 27, 2022 Reading time: 1 minute
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is a country with many faces. There are immense natural riches and mineral resources found nowhere else in the world. Still, there is also great poverty, clashes between armed groups, and high levels of migration and malnutrition are part of everyday life for the most vulnerable.
According to the UN, some 27 million people in the DRC lack access to a nutritionally rich and balanced diet. In the DRC, pregnant and lactating mothers are most at risk of malnutrition. Additionally, more than 3.4 million children suffer from malnutrition.
People in Need (PIN) has been working in the DRC since 2008, and our work is aimed at helping people combat malnutrition. This is especially important in remote areas of the country, such as the Lemera region.
Thanks to the support of the European Commission through the Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO), PIN, together with the Belgian organisation Médecins du Monde, is improving access to healthcare for the population of Lemera. For more than three decades, the people of the DRC have lived in an atmosphere of eternal conflict, forced to leave their homes and travel as internal refugees to safer parts of the country. Currently, some 5.5 million people are internally displaced.