In January 2013, PMC began working in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Democratic Republic of the Congo is the fourth most populous country in Africa and has a population growth rate of 3.09 percent, which unchanged means the population will double in 23 years.
PMC has launched three radio serial dramas, Vivra Verra (“Time Will Tell”), Elembo (“Footprint”), and Pambazuko (“The Dawn”) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and hopes to launch two more. PMC will monitor and evaluate impact and audience response throughout broadcast and after broadcast. PMC hopes to improve life for as many people living in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as possible, addressing issues like maternal and child health, nutrition, education, and gender equality.
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The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is home to more than 75 million people and that number is expected to grow to over 89 million people by 2020 due to one of the highest fertility rates in the world (4.95 children/woman). Contraceptives are not widely used and modern health services are not readily available for the majority of the population. HIV/AIDS is a major problem, infecting more than one million people.
DRC consistently ranks as one of the most dangerous places in the world. As of 2013, it is ranked second to last of all countries on the Human Development Index, and Population Institute has ranked DRC the 7th most vulnerable state in their 2015 Demographic Vulnerability Report. The country is still recovering from the Second Congo War that killed over five million people and worsened existing social and health problems. Rape is a systemic issue throughout the country, especially in the eastern regions where fighting continues. This problem has earned DRC the title of “rape capital of the world.” Human trafficking and child labor have also been made worse by the war, with over 42 percent of children under the age of 14 being subjected to some form of labor.