DRC-IHP Effective Innovations: Better Nutrition, Better Health


Malnutrition is common in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC): 43 percent of children under five years are stunted, and many are also deficient in vitamin A, according to the Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) 2013. Among adults, 14 percent of women are chronically undernourished. Yet sometimes it is not lack of food that causes malnutrition, but lack of knowledge—particularly on how best to feed infants and children.

This brief is part of a series highlighting health system innovations that the Integrated Health Project (DRC-IHP) has adapted and implemented on a large scale in DRC. Together, these approaches have saved tens of thousands of lives in DRC over the past few years. We hope these publications will inspire others to use these proven approaches in their own context.