Democratic Republic of the Congo

DR Congo Buruli ulcer patient

 

For more than 80 years, American Leprosy Missions has worked to care for people suffering from leprosy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Today, your gifts also help cure and care for children, men and women with Buruli ulcer and related diseases.

Your Support Transforms Lives By

  • Finding and treating people suffering from Buruli ulcer and related diseases
  • Educating communities about these diseases to promote early treatment and reduce stigma
  • Preventing disability
  • Training health workers
  • Providing reconstructive surgeries
  • Supporting self-care groups in affected communities
  • Providing laboratory equipment and training to improve disease diagnosis

FY 2019 Budget      

$83,000

Date Started in Country

1931

Take Action

You can cure and care for a child in the DR Congo today. Donate now.

Story:  A Young Life Transformed

Mayoyo is an intelligent boy full of energy and potential. But when he was ten years old he got a wound on his leg that would not heal. Read more.

Projects and Partners

Kongo Central Neglected Tropical Disease Pilot
Partner: Evangelical Medical Institute – Kimpese

 

Country Facts

  • 63% of the population lives below the poverty line
  • More than 78 million people are at risk of contracting a Neglected Tropical Disease like Buruli ulcer or leprosy
  • Almost 30% of children under the age of five suffer from malnourishment
  • One of 13 African countries with significant numbers of Buruli ulcer cases

 

Download Democratic Republic of the Congo Country Profile pdf.