Abt Leads USAID’s Integrated Health Program in the DRC
- Congolese health services are unaffordable and inadequate and key healthy behaviors are not practiced routinely.
- Abt is building the DRC’s capacity to deliver quality integrated health services.
- We’ve helped millions by addressing nutrition, malaria, RMNCH, family planning, tuberculosis, WASH, and governance.
Despite progress in health indicators, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) remains among the lowest-ranked countries in health outcomes such as maternal and neonatal mortality and vaccination coverage. Root causes include fiscal and capacity constraints, armed conflicts, gender and cultural norms, and structural barriers, including distances to health facilities and limited transportation options. Aggravating these constraints, new provinces were created in 2015 without the systems, structures, or staff to operate effectively.
Abt Associates is providing programmatic, technical, and operational support and capacity building to the government and civil society organizations to reach vulnerable populations in nine target provinces. The goal: improve health systems, service delivery capacity, and service quality. The USAID Integrated Health Program targets provincial authorities, facilities, and community-level primary health care platforms while encouraging innovation in processes, technology, and clinical services.
The USAID Integrated Health Program works with DRC counterparts to improve health results by enhancing the quality and volume of health services and improving the health-seeking behavior of target populations. After a year and a half, the project has made progress in key health areas, including:
- Prenatal visits for almost 1.9 million pregnant women
- 1.4 million insecticide-treated bednets distributed
- 1.2 million new users of modern family planning methods
- 376,000 children treated for diarrhea, pneumonia, and malaria at community care sites
- 10,200 women treated for gender-based violence.