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Democratic Republic of Congo

Democratic Republic of Congo 2020 quote

When we learned there would be a mini-campaign for malaria communication with USAID Integrated Health Program support in our health zone, we wondered how it would work and what new results it might bring. We are amazed at how it was implemented and the results it brought us. We are committed to extending it to other areas.
Dr. Moise Illunga
Chief Doctor, Ngandajika health zone

Expanding Our Impact

The Democratic Republic of the Congo has faced tremendous challenges in recent years, including civil strife, corruption, and a deadly Ebola outbreak. In the midst of this instability, an Abt Global-led project is strengthening the capacity of the Congolese health system to deliver quality integrated health services. We are tackling malaria—the DRC’s leading cause of maternal and child morbidity and mortality—as well as malnutrition; tuberculosis; maternal and child health; reproductive health and family planning; and water, sanitation, and hygiene. As part of the Local Health System Sustainability (LHSS) Project, Abt is working with the Ministry of Health, both at the central and provincial levels, on long-term health system sustainability planning, specifically to strengthen public financial management and reduce financial barriers to care.

Maternal and infant mortality rates in the DRC are among the highest in the world. Since the USAID Integrated Health Program began, almost 1.5 million newborns have received essential care.
Almost 1.5 million