Lack of Health Care
37% (18.5 million) of the Congolese people do not have access to medical care
life expectancy is 45 years
malaria, preventable and curable, is the leading killer of children under five years of age
34% of children under five are malnourished
infant mortality rate is near 10%
Challenges in Education
approximately one-third of the population aged 16 and over is illiterate.
almost one-half of the population is 15 years of age or under
4 out of 10 children are not in school due to poverty, sickness, or displacement.
97% of the population is sustainance farmers
winter is a dry season where no crops are grown
fertilizer is generally too expensive to use
modern agricultural practices are not used; no tractors, no modern machinery etc.
Poverty and Economic Opportunities