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Country Map & Estimates of Vision Loss

Democratic Republic of the Congo

In 2020 in Democratic Republic of the Congo, there were an estimated 7.2 million people with vision loss. Of these, 150,000 people were blind.

Democratic Republic of the Congo

  • GBD Region
    Central Sub-Saharan Africa
  • GBD Super Region
    Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Population (2020)
    89.6 million
  • GDP per capita ($US, 2019)
    545
  • Human Development Index (HDI) (2019)
    0.46 (low)
  • Blindness (crude)
    0.20%
  • All vision loss (crude)
    8.20%
  • Proportion who are female
    55%
  • Gender ratio (age-std)
    1.08

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Crude prevalence of vision loss in Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, Mexico, 2020

(all ages, males & females)

Source: Data from VLEG/GBD 2020 model, accessed via the IAPB Vision Atlas
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National indicators for eye health services in Democratic Republic of the Congo

IAPB has collected key national indicator data on an annual basis since 2008.

Data sources include Ministry of Health staff or other key respondents, as well as published data. Data have not been received for all countries, or all indicators. The “Year Last Reported” column shows the most recent data received, and “No data” indicates no data available to IAPB in any year since 2008.

More information on data sources and limitations is available on the National indicators page.

Indicator
Data
Rank
Year Last Reported
Data Source
Cataract surgical service delivery
Effective cataract surgical coverage (eCSC)
No data
Cataract surgeries performed (annual)
11,063
67 of 120
Cataract surgical rate (CSR) (per million)
157
171 of 176
2010
Ministry of Health or key respondent
Number of eye care personnel by cadre
No. of ophthalmologists
87
2015
Resnikoff et al., 2020
Ophthalmologists per million
1.1
173 of 191
2015
Resnikoff et al., 2020
No. of optometrists
4
2019
WCO/AVRI/BHVI
Optometrists per million
0.0
148 of 159
2019
WCO/AVRI/BHVI
No. of allied ophthalmic personnel
166
2013
Ministry of Health or key respondent
Allied ophthalmic personnel per million
2
99 of 102
2013
Ministry of Health or key respondent
Data and assessments
Eye health prevalence data survey completed (since 1987)
No data
Eye Care Service Assessment completed?
No data
International Vision Health Scorecard
No data
National eye health resources and plans
National Eye Health Co-ordinator
Yes
Ministry of Health or key respondent
National Eye Committee
No data
National Eye Health Plan
Yes
Ministry of Health or key respondent
National Eye Health Plan Start Date
No data
Ministry of Health or key respondent
National Eye Health Plan End Date
No data
Ministry of Health or key respondent