A wide net of solutions to snare an array of health challenges
The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is rebuilding after decades of conflict collapsed the health care system. The country is one of the world’s least developed, and its vast geography and limited infrastructure pose challenges to providing health care and controlling infectious diseases.
Since 2009, PATH has worked closely with Congolese communities and government leaders to address some of the country’s toughest health problems and bring effective, integrated services to the Congolese people. Our work focuses hinges on achieving these goals: improving the quality of care; increasing the supply of—and demand for—lifesaving technologies and interventions; and strengthening the environment for improvements in health care.
Our work in the DRC
PATH’s growing portfolio of projects address HIV, tuberculosis (TB), malaria, and neglected tropical diseases as well as reproductive, maternal, and child health. Some of our focus areas include:
HIV/AIDS: PATH leads the flagship US-government funded Integrated HIV/AIDS Project in the DRC, known as ProVICplus. ProVICplus now works in two provinces, offering comprehensive HIV/AIDS and family planning services in more than 160 health facilities, plus high-impact maternal and neonatal services in health facilities. Through innovative strategies and close collaboration with Congolese stakeholders from community to national levels, ProVICplus has reached more than 1.7 million people with HIV prevention messaging and more than 912,000 people with HIV testing services.
Malaria: PATH leads the MalariaCare partnership, which scales up high-quality diagnostic and treatment services for malaria and other febrile illnesses. Through onsite training and supervision, we are enhancing the quality of malaria diagnosis from local to national levels. We also train community health workers to provide services closer to where people live.
Immunization: PATH leads two advocacy projects that promote expanded and equitable access to vaccines and sustainable financing for lifesaving immunization programs. The projects benefit from the full range of our technical expertise in immunization—from developing new vaccines to implementing immunization programs and taking them to scale. Both projects are aligned with DRC government plans and strategies as well as current data and proven solutions.
Maternal and child health and family planning: PATH takes a multisectoral approach to countering the country’s high rates of maternal, newborn, and child deaths. As one of the lead partners in the Maternal and Child Survival Program, we are helping to increase coverage of critical health interventions for mothers and children and establish better health policies. Because family planning is important to the well-being of mothers and children, we are using a variety of innovative approaches to increase access to contraceptives.
Preventing epidemics: PATH supports the Global Health Security Agenda, which aims to prevent worldwide epidemics by strengthening disease surveillance and laboratory and health information systems. In the DRC, PATH is helping to establish the first emergency operating center, which will serve to coordinate prevention, detection, and rapid response teams for public health emergencies.
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