Partnering to Achieve Epidemic Control in Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Date: 08/14/2015 Description: DRC PEPFAR logo © PEPFAR

The United States (U.S.) is proud to support the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) leadership in the global HIV/AIDS response. PEPFAR provides direct service delivery and technical assistance in DRC to maximize the quality, coverage, and impact of the national HIV/AIDS response. Working together with the Government of DRC, PEPFAR is aligning investments with national priorities and focusing efforts to ensure strong linkages in the delivery of HIV prevention, care, and treatment services. DRC is participating in the Accelerating Children’s HIV/AIDS Treatment (ACT) Initiative, a two-year effort to enable 300,000 more children living with HIV/AIDS to receive life-saving antiretroviral treatment (ART) across priority countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

Other key priorities include:

  • Expanding care and treatment for HIV positive mothers and their families identified through expanded prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) programming;
  • Improving treatment outcomes by procuring antiretroviral drugs (ARV) and establishing strong linkages to treatment, care, and retention in coordination with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund);
  • Implementing cross-cutting activities to strengthen national health systems in coordination with the Global Fund; and
  • Strengthening care services for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC).


Number of people living with HIV (all ages), 20141


Deaths due to AIDS (all ages), 20141


Number of orphans due to AIDS (0-17), 20141


Estimated ARV coverage (adults ages 15+), 20142


Estimated percentage of pregnant women living with HIV who receive ARVs for PMTCT, 20142


Saving Lives

In 2014, PEPFAR supported the following achievements in DRC:

  • Life-saving ART for 31,124 individuals;
  • Testing and counseling for 754,187 individuals;
  • Care and support for 8,860 OVC affected by HIV/AIDS; and
  • ART for 5,881 pregnant women living with HIV to reduce mother-to-child transmission.

Get the most up-to-date data on program results, expenditures, and planned funding at

PEPFAR Planned Funding in DRC, Fiscal Years 2007 – 2013 (USD in Millions)3















1. UNAIDS. (2013). Democratic Republic of the Congo: HIV and AIDS estimates. Retrieved August 12, 2015, from

2. UNAIDS. (2015). How AIDS changed everything. Geneva: Author.

3. Data reflect information available on the PEPFAR Dashboards, which represent planned new bilateral funding initially approved in the PEPFAR Country Operational Plans/Regional Operational Plans (COPs/ROPs) each fiscal year. As additional funding may be approved and made available after the initial COPs/ROPs submission, or to PEPFAR-supported countries that are not required to submit an annual COP/ROP, data on the Dashboards may not represent the final PEPFAR programmatic funding level in countries each fiscal year. U.S. Government interagency website managed by the Office of U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator
and the Bureau of Public Affairs, U.S. State Department.
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