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Democratic Republic of The Congo (DRC)

Country overview

Macro-economic and population profile[1]

GDP per capita (USD) (2016) 449.4
Inflation, GDP deflator (annual %) (2016) 5.5
Agriculture, value added (% of GDP) (2016) 20
Industry value added (% of GDP) (2016) 44
Services value added (% of GDP) (2016) 36
Foreign Direct Investment, net inflows (Balance of Payments, current USD) (millions) (2016) 1,205
Country population (2016) 81.3 million
Poverty headcount ratio at national poverty lines (% of population) (2016) 63.9 (2010)
Urban population growth (annual %) (2016) 4.5
World Bank ease of doing business ranking (out of 190 countries)[2] 182

Malaria burden and funding profile[3]

Estimated number of malaria cases (2016)


Malaria incidence/1,000 population at risk (2015)


Key national malaria control targets

Reduce malaria morbidity and mortality by 40% by 2020 compared to 2015 levels.

Total need (essential commodities + supporting interventions) (2018-2020) (USD)


Total committed (essential commodities + supporting interventions) (2018-2020) (USD)


Total gap in funding (essential commodities + supporting interventions) (2018-2020)(USD)


Sources of funding:


Overview of country economy and private sector landscape

The DRC has a GDP per capita among the world’s lowest. While there is vast potential of natural resources and mineral wealth, corruption, war, and political instability have been a severe detriment to economic growth. Private industries are focused on the forestry, mining, and oil sectors.

Donors, such as UK DFID, UNICEF, USAID, and the WHO, currently play a significant role in malaria prevention and treatment in the country. To better engage the private sector, the Ministry of Health is working to create a private health actors alliance that would work with the government to increase collaboration, create an enabling environment, reduce investment risks, and work on issues of governance and regulation[4].

[1] Sources: World Bank Development Indicators, accessed at: http://databank.worldbank.org/data/embed-int/CountryProfile/id/b450fd57 on 17th June 2018; and World Bank Doing Business Reports, accessed at http://www.doingbusiness.org/reports on 17th June 2018.

[2] A ranking of 1 would equate to the highest ease of doing business, with a regulatory environment conducive to the starting and operation of a local firm.

[3] Sources: World Malaria Report 2017, accessed at http://www.who.int/malaria/publications/world-malaria-report-2017/en/ on 5th June 2018; and Roll Back Malaria Funding Gap Analysis 2017, accessed at on https://rollbackmalaria.com/news/gap-analysis-shows-us10-billion-is-required-by-2020-to-fully-implement-national-malaria-plans-in-35-countries/ on 5th June 2018.

[4] Saldinger, A. DRC Health Minister: Alignment, focus on results, and private sector are critical. Devex news. 25th January 2018. Accessed at: https://www.devex.com/news/drc-health-minister-alignment-focus-on-results-and-private-sector-are-critical-91958 on June 7th 2018.