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Democratic Republic of Congo had experienced decades of neglects of social services and more than a decade of armed conflict. This situation has lead to a public health crisis that continues to threaten the lives of thousands of children and their families.
According the UNICEF’s state of the world 2010 report,
  • The Democratic Republic of Congo has the fifth highest rate of the under five mortality of the world
  • The under nutrition is the cause of all death of children under the age of five.
  • More than 25 million children, equivalent of 39% of population does not have access to basic needs.
  • The poverty that affects 77 per cent of children is caused by social inequity and geographical disparities in accessing essential services resources and social services. It is also caused by the result of armed conflicts and the social and political instability happening in DR Congo for the last fifteen years.
  • According to the African Development Economic organization, infant mortality rate in DR Congo is one of the highest in the world. Only 61 percent of births are medically assisted, but regional disparities are huge and the average maternal mortality rate is 1. 289 women over 100. 000. One child in 10 is an orphan
  • Nearly half of the population is under 15 years, a situation which creates enormous needs in terms of education and health for young people. However, access to basic health services is less than 26 percent.
  • The enrollment rate to school  is 52 percent ... The primary school enrollment has declined because of the isolation regions, the increasing inability of parents to pay school fees, lack of infrastructure maintenance, lack of textbooks and the declining quality of education. Teachers receive a salary of less than $ 20 per month.
  • The literacy rate is currently 68.1 percent. Nearly one in two Congolese child does not attend primary school, 30 per cent because of problems with school fees. Added to this are the poor quality of education, high repetition rate and the plight of teachers. According to Amnesty International, only 29 percent of children would go to the end of primary school and 4.7 million children (2.5 million girls) were not enrolled.

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